Labor Day is basically the last hoorah of summer. Kids are going back to school, teachers are going back to work, and the chill of fall is right around the corner. Labor Day weekend is generally spent on a lake, barbecuing, camping, or anything that requires being outside. To help you have the best weekend possible, we’ve come up with a few tips to help you stay healthy this weekend!

Start the day strong

Kick off the morning with a little exercise to get your metabolism moving. Working out in the morning can boost the amount of calories you’ll burn throughout the day. Plus, getting out early and playing Frisbee in the park with friends is a fun way to spend your morning!

Choose your food wisely

If you’re spending the day at a barbecue, you’re going to want to monitor your food intake. Choose fruits and veggies over chips and dip. This can help keep you on track and keep your energy levels up.

Don’t skip a meal

This is a daily rule to follow, but on a day where you’re going to be active all day, you should be eating every 2-3 hours to keep your energy and metabolism up. Just make sure you’re choosing your snacks wisely!

Stay active

You don’t have to spend the entire day running or biking, but break up the day with a walk or a game of disc golf. Something that gets you moving and out of the sedentary lawn chair.

Stay hydrated

Not only is this good for your health, but it can also curb food cravings throughout the day, leading you to make healthier snack choices.

Wear sunscreen

While is may not feel hot outside, the sun is still strong. Be sure to periodically apply SPF 30 or higher to protect your skin from sun damage.

Life jackets are a life saver 

Wearing proper flotation devices can save a life. We recommend using Coast Guard approved life vests. You should avoid all inflatable pool toys and flotation devices. Inflatable swimmies aren’t always reliable—they lose air quickly and can do more harm than good. Coast Guard approved life jackets are your best option and they should be on your child at all times when in the pool area.

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