Stay Healthy and Safe This Summer
Summer is coming quickly! The warmer weather brings many outdoor activities, so it is important to stay safe while having fun in the sun. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of the season:
1 – Stay Hydrated.
Heat can take a significant toll on your body, especially during long summer days. Feel free to get lost in the moment making memories, but keep in mind it’s crucial to drink around 8 to 10 glasses (64 ounces) of water a day—or more if you’re spending extended periods in the hot sun.
2 – Eat a Variety of Fresh, Healthy Foods.
Enjoy the great food of the summer season. Nourish your body with fresh, raw veggies and fruits, plenty of water, and balanced protein. Light, nutrient-rich proteins that complement summer produce are seeds, nuts, soy products, yogurt, cottage cheese, beans, poultry, and fish.
Plant a garden or go visit a farmers market, throw some healthy meat on the grill, and enjoy delicious, fresh meals. Not only will your taste buds be happy, but your body will thank you for it, too.
3 – Protect Your Skin With Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen.
Be sure to apply a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) of sunscreen on your face and body and continue reapplying throughout the day. Doing this can help keep your skin looking healthy and radiant, plus protect you from sun damage that can pose significant health risks in the long run.
4 – Keep Up With Your Exercise Routine.
Even though it’s hot outdoors, be sure to stay active. Try switching it up by taking a swimming or water aerobics class, joining a local gym, or going for a hike in the early morning hours when it’s cooler. Exercise is not only essential for good health but also provides an opportunity for you to experience the beauty of nature.
5 – Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes.
The time when mosquitoes are most active is from dusk to dawn. Protect yourself from these pesky bites by using insect repellant, clearing standing water, and inspecting window screens for holes or damage. Even though it may seem too hot wear long pants and long sleeves.
6 – Watch out for poison ivy and other skin irritants.
While enjoying hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities, keep an eye out for poison ivy, oak, sumac, and more. If you expect you’ve been exposed and are experiencing a rash that’s come on suddenly, contact your physician.
Use calamine lotion and a cool compress, and/or take Benadryl as directed when you see a rash on your skin.
7 – Know How To Inspect Skin For Ticks.
Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants in tick-infested spots like wooded or high grassy areas. Ticks prefer warm, moist areas so inspect your armpits, groin, and scalp for ticks regularly.
8 – Keep cool in extreme heat
As the temperature rises make sure you drink plenty of fluids (preferably water), wear lightweight clothing that is breathable, and whisk away sweat.
Check your local news stations for extreme heat alerts. It is always important to know the signs of heat-related illnesses. Don’t forget about your four-legged friends! Make sure to give your pets plenty of water and access to shade.
Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but be safe while you’re out there. Use common sense and these simple tips so you and your family can have fun all summer long.