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Safety First, Summer Memories Second

By Donna Stark

As parents, we all want to create wonderful memories for our children and we often look to summer as the best time to do so. In addition to planning the big family trip during these months, many of us also try to plan daily and weekend activities to keep everyone busy, and with the perfect weather to venture outdoors, it is easy to plan plenty of things to do under the sun. Activities like hiking, kayaking, and climbing are some favorite ideas but before you head out the door, it's important to remember that the health and safety of everyone must come first!

Summertime Activity Safety Tips

Whether you're hiking, camping, or paddling down a river, you have to prepare the troops before you leave the comforts of your home. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next adventure.

  • Know the limits - It's vital that you consider the physical abilities and limits of everyone that is participating before you head out. Sure, many activities don't require any prior experience, but not all locations to do that activity are created equal. The hike that looks easy during the first 30 minutes can turn into something treacherous for a child if you aren't aware of its difficulty level. So make sure you do your research and plan the activity based on the fitness level of the "weakest" person.
  • Bring the right gear - The gear you bring can easily make or break the experience for those who are involved and you may not want to take the cheap route here as some investments are worth every penny. A good place to start is to invest in the right kind of shoes. Those casual sneakers you wear may be OK for a walk in the city, but quite the opposite on slippery rocks or rough terrain. You may also want to consider investing in a great backpack or a hydration pack to carry your water and supplies with ease.
  • Pack your energy - If you are going to be away from civilization for an extended amount of time, don't forget to pack plenty of water and snacks! Obviously, water is the most important, but your kids and your belly may appreciate some nutritious snacks during the adventure to keep the energy up. Stick to fruit, granola, nuts, or sliced vegetables and leave the chips, chocolate, and sodas back at home.

Create Those Memories

Spending time in nature with your family is good for the mind and the body, but you have to plan for the adventure before you head outdoors. Not only will your preparations help to keep everyone safe, they will also help make the activity more comfortable and enjoyable for everyone involved. And that is exactly what memories are made of!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arvada, Colo.

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