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Perform a head-to-toe skin self-examination
With summer here, many of us are heading to the beach to soak up the sun. Yet, 3.5 million Americans are diagnosed each year with skin cancer, and sun exposure is a leading cause (source: American Cancer Society). While these numbers are alarming, skin cancers are very treatable when found and removed early. The first line of defense is to wear protective clothing, sunglasses and to use sunscreen. Also, perform a head-to-toe skin examination every month, so that you’re aware of any changes or growths that may appear. Examine the face and body in a room with bright light, a full-length mirror and a hand mirror. Don’t forget to check hard to see areas like the back of your neck, shoulders and even between your toes.
Stretch those hamstrings
Composed of three muscles on the back of your leg, your hamstrings enable you to extend your leg backward. Tight hamstrings can be caused by a number of reasons, resulting in pain and a lack of mobility. Stretching these muscles not only reduces discomfort but also help prevent injury. Always start a hamstring stretch with a five to ten-minute warm-up, such as walking, jogging or other light activity to warm your muscles and prepare them for stretching. Stretch slowly, refrain from bouncing and take deep breaths while holding the stretch.
Go nuts for nuts
Despite being high in fat, nuts offer impressive nutritional benefits that make them an ideal addition to your diet. A golfball-sized portion of unsalted almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts or other nuts makes an energy-boosting snack that is also loaded with an impressive mix of vitamins and minerals. They’re also versatile enough to be enjoyed in cereal, salads, stir-fry dishes and more.