With summer in full swing, here's some helpful reminders to stay safe during the hot months
The warm, sunshine filled summer months are a great time to relax and spend time with loved ones. Whatever plans you have for the summer months, it’s important to look out for your health and the health of your loved ones. With summertime comes new challenges that aren’t faced in other seasons. With that, we’ll focus on some tips that’ll help you have the best summer possible.
So let's begin..
1. Hydration is Key
With temperatures rising as the summer months progress, it’s important to stay as hydrated as possible. Although there are many standards in place for how much water you need, the definitive amount is determine based on your circumstances (sex, height, age, activity level, etc.) Taking the time to figure that out will help you out in the long term to ensure you’re getting proper hydration.
2. Shade is the Place to Be
Though tempting to spend all summer in the sun, it’s not the best for your health. Extended exposure to the sun’s harsh rays can lead to sun burns and skin cancer if proper care is not put in place. If possible, stay indoors or in the shade to keep cool and stay safe from the sun, especially during periods of direct sunlight (this ranges from noon to 3:00PM most days.)
3. SPF is a Must Every Day
When it’s not possible to stay in the shade, wearing clothing items that cover your arms and legs is ideal to aid in sun protection. That being said, some part of your body will still be exposed to sunlight (and sometimes it’s not always ideal to wear long clothes in the heat.) Regardless of the situation, it is important to always wear sunscreen when outdoors. Sunscreens with an SPF rating of 15 or higher are perfect for the summertime. Remember to follow all recommended guidelines on the product to get the best results.
4. Repel Pest Away with Insect Repellent
Warmer weather attracts not only summer fun but also seasonal pests. Mosquitoes are the biggest struggle of the summer and with the possibility of disease transmission via mosquitoes, it’s important to prevent mosquito bites. If it’s not possible to stay indoors or wear long clothing, then using insect repellent will keep them away. Remember to follow all recommended guidelines on the product to get the best results.
5. Get Active
The summertime is a great time to get outside and to get active. When engaging in outdoor activities, always be mindful of the area you’re in. Bring any necessary protective equipment to help keep yourself and your loved ones safe. It’s also always a good idea to have a first aid kit on hand if injury occurs. Remember that engaging in physical activity for an hour a day is a good benchmark to maintaining good physical and mental health.
Now that you’re well equipped with the necessary tips to make the most of your summer, we hope you enjoy soaking up the summer sunshine while it lasts!