Now almost a quarter of a millennium old, the United States of America celebrates the nation’s birthday tomorrow in commemoration with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which of course famously took place on July 4, 1776.

For many people, the celebratory festivities will include outdoor eating, drinking and relaxing with friends, family and loved ones. Days like these are good for the soul, but not always best for the body. From unhealthy food to excessive lounging, small changes can make a big difference on holidays. There is no need for everyone to embark on a rigorous run or rush to the gym, nor avoid sweet and savory foods altogether.

Health Fitness Revolution listed ten tips for a healthy Fourth of July in a recent article, which included the following:

  • Eat Light: No one wants to eat a heavy meal when you’re outside in the heat. To make sure your food doesn’t weigh down your festivities, make salads and sides to balance the main course, maybe grill your meal! You might be snacking all day too, so make sure healthy snacks like veggie sticks are readily available.
  • Stay Hydrated with Water: No matter where you are in America, July is hot! Be sure to drink plenty of water and keep your body from overheating, and stay away from caffeinated and sugary drinks that dehydrate you. Keep plenty of fresh fruit on hand too, as fruits are packed with vitamins, fiber, and water. …
  • Start an Active Tradition: Be it an annual family kickball tournament, neighborhood volleyball game, or a pre-dinner hike, an annual activity will be a welcome event to any July 4th celebration. Not only will it get everyone’s blood pumping (and put them in a good mood) but it will also give you stories to share for years to come! …
  • Play Lawn Games: Encourage your party guests to bring their favorite lawn game instead of yet another dessert. Then you can take turns trying out all the different games. Plus, it encourages everyone to be active and fit!

Living healthy is the best way to feel good and enjoy any day, including the one after a celebration.

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