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6 Ways to Lighten Up for Summer

June 22, 2011 4:27 pm

Summer is nearly here, and with the longer, warmer days, we seem to shed our craving for cozy robes and slow-cooked crockpot meals. That’s a normal reaction, according to California fitness guru Mandy Radford, who urges getting out in the improved weather for longer walks and more exercise.

“In fact,” says Radford, “there are plenty of ways to help your whole family lighten up for summer.”

Radford offers six simple ways to help your family lighten up as summer settles in:
1. Change hairstyles – Shorter cuts for all and/or a few light streaks for the ladies will change everyone’s look and get them ready for increased summer activity.
2. Lighten up lip and nail colors – Ditch those tired reds and burgundies in favor of lighter shades, sheer lip glosses, and fresher looking natural French nails.
3. Check the bedding and bath – Trading heavy comforters for colorful, lightweight fabrics can lighten and brighten bedrooms—and moods! In the bathroom, try a new shower curtain and lighter, brighter towels.
4. Create summer in the kitchen – Keep a variety of fresh fruit in a pretty bowl or basket as a snacking go-to or a centerpiece. Lay off the sodas and keep a pitcher of iced tea, freshly squeezed juice or low-cal lemonade in the fridge.
5. Think salads – At lunchtime, say no to burgers and fried foods and lay in a supply of greens, veggies and tempting low-fat dressings. For dinner, add slices of pre-cooked chicken or a combination of slivered deli meats and cheeses.
6. Get out of the house – Sign the whole family up for a local fund-raising walk or bicycle race. Pack up a few Frisbees or a bat and ball and plan a Sunday picnic at the park.
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