Hearing the term “hot girl summer” might make you think of bikini-clad influencers sharing filtered photos of their sunny adventures all over social media. But having a hot girl summer has evolved greatly over the years as a call to women of all ages and all body types to live their healthiest, happiest life. By investing in health, every woman can achieve the confidence, sexiness, and vitality that characterizes a hot girl summer. From getting active to getting regular massages, read on to find out what steps you can take to revamp your own summer and turn up the heat.
Whether or not you want to share thirst traps this summer is your call, but be sure to tend to your own thirst as well. Water makes up most of your body weight and is essential to a number of bodily functions, like keeping you from overheating at those all-day beach parties, lubricating your joints and tissues so you don’t cramp up on the dance floor, and maintaining healthy skin for that glowy hot girl look. How much water you drink depends on your unique needs and body type, but experts at Harvard recommend aiming for around nine cups, with one cup equaling eight ounces.
Make your hot girl summer bigger, not smaller. When aiming to eat right, dieting and cutting calories tend to feel like punishments that are difficult to endure. Instead, focus on eating more high-quality foods and less junk. This should include unrefined, minimally processed foods such as colorful vegetables and fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean protein. Adding some antioxidant-rich superfoods to your grocery cart can also do wonders for your skin, your hair, and your mood. These include fatty fish, nuts, avocadoes, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, and oysters. Also choose foods with a high water content to boost hydration like watermelon, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, cantaloupe, and strawberries.
Working out is one of the most positive things we can do for our physical and mental health. According to the CDC, being physically active can improve your brain health, help manage weight, reduce the risk of disease, strengthen your bones and muscles, and improve your overall ability to do everyday activities. Even more, regular exercise helps to build your self-esteem, which is crucial to having a hot girl summer. Breaking a sweat even boosts endorphins, leading to euphoric feelings and more energy to keep you powering through the season feeling uplifted and empowered.
Making massage part of your routine is the ultimate hot girl move. After all, research has linked massage with lower stress levels, better sleep, a strengthened immune response, more energy, and faster recovery between workouts. And with the advent of in-home massage chairs and massage beds, it’s easy to start and end your day with a massage tailored to your unique needs.
Want to ensure your massage will help you have a hot girl summer? Turn up the heat, literally. The CERAGEM V6 and CERAGEM V4 massage beds feature specialized heated massage rollers to apply intensive thermal therapy at a soothing and deeply penetrating 149°F. Like an in-person hot stone massage, the massage beds deliver a concentrated and customized thermal massage at your specific acupressure points thanks to patented scanning technology. With Ceragem, there’s no need to join a spa, book an appointment, or drive anywhere to relieve sore muscles, ease stress, or feel energized this summer. The CERAGEM V6 and CERAGEM V4 combine the benefits of acupressure, deep-tissue massage, stretching, and hot stone therapy in your home so you can recharge whenever you need a pick-me-up.
A wellness room refers to a designated private room in your home or office where you can rest and recharge. You can use the room for anything that might bring you peace and relaxation, such as meditation, yoga, art therapy, or massage. There’s no need for the room to be large, either, or to even take up a whole room to be functional. As long as the area feels somewhat separate from other high-traffic areas, you can transform it into a wellness haven where you go with self-care in mind.
For that #wokeuplikethis skin, invest in your sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin ages faster, it doesn’t recover as well from environmental stressors, and it tends to dry out. Skimping on sleep can also mess with your mood and confidence. Studies have found that sleep duration of less than six hours is related to lower optimism and self-esteem when compared to individuals sleeping seven to eight hours. Just be sure not to overdo it. The same study found that long sleep duration of more than nine hours was also related to low optimism and self-esteem.
Ready to upgrade your summer by investing in your health? Spread your #hotgirlsummer snaps to show how you’re investing in health this year.
Erica Garza is an author and essayist specializing in health and wellness. She has written for TIME, Health, Glamour, Parents, Women’s Health, VICE, and the Telegraph.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Benefits of Physical Activity
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – Water
National Library of Medicine – Optimism and self-esteem are related to sleep. Results from a large community-based sample