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3 Tips to Enjoy the Sun and Sand

By Virginia Laird

Each year, millions flock to beaches across the nation in search of time away from reality, a slower paced-life (even if for only a few days), and the rolling sound of the ocean. With summer only a few short weeks away, you may have already started planning your beach visit. And although it is a place where many let the worries of the world stay at home, there are a few things health and wellness experts suggest you should stay aware of. Among these include sunburn and dehydration. Luckily, these same experts have offered a few tips to help you avoid these issues, including:

  • Always take sunscreen
  • Bring a water bottle
  • Rent the umbrella

Always Take Sunscreen

One thing that health and wellness experts draw attention to as the summer approaches is sunburn. This is a serious issue, as severe burns can lead to premature aging of the skin, as well as development of skin cancer. For this reason, these experts suggest that routine application of sunscreen is best. When heading to the beach, it can be wise to invest in waterproof sunscreen. It is advised that you should make sure your sunscreen offers at least 15 SPF but you should probably play it safe and opt for 30 SPF. Before you head to the beach this summer, make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen in your bag.  

Bring a Water Bottle

Health and wellness experts advise that another issue which happens often while spending time at the beach is dehydration. This, simply put, is when you do not consume enough water to keep the body properly functioning. Although the trip to the beach does not cause this health issue, the excitement and fun at the beach can keep you so busy that you forget to hydrate. That, combined with a lack of drinking water available while sitting in the sand, can be a recipe for dehydration issues. Health and wellness experts suggest that you pack plenty of water with you when you head to the shore. Always bring a water bottle (or two) so that you have enough to drink at all times. It is suggested that you consume at least half of your weight in ounces each day. 

Rent the Umbrella

Although it can be pricey, renting the umbrella can provide the shade you and your family need to help prevent too much exposure to the sun. And, while you may not stay in the shade of this umbrella the entire time you are at the beach, it gives you a place to retreat to re-apply your sunscreen, stash your water from the direct sunlight, and protect your skin from burning.

Now you are ready to head to the beach and enjoy some relaxing time away from reality at the first sight of summer. Let the countdown begin!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

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