Keeping Everyone Safe in the Summer Sun
By Donna Stark
Well, even though summer technically just started on June 21, some people feel as if we are already halfway through it. The temperatures have been warming up for months, the backyard grills have been cleaned and scrubbed, and the kids have been out of school for weeks now. You may even have been taking advantage of the great weather by enjoying all of the different outdoor activities available in your area, but are you remembering to be safe? Because in addition to the fun, laughter, and good times that come with summer, there is also an increased risk for heat-related illnesses.
Whether you are biking, swimming, playing a pick-up basketball game with your kids, or simply just relaxing under the sun's rays, you need to take caution! Sure, you already know that the heat of summer can be intense, but do you know exactly how much damage it can cause to your health and the health of your loved ones? To reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses, take a look at the following suggestions.
- Sunscreen - Don't risk the pain of sunburn or the increased chance of skin cancer. Make sure you and your loved ones are covered in sunscreen before you head outdoors! A good habit to establish is to keep a bottle right next to your front door. That way there is no excuse for forgetting. And remember to reapply throughout the day if you intend to be in the sun for hours on end. It's important!
- Water - Staying properly hydrated is a great way to ensure you are ready to be physically active in the heat outside. Dehydration can be deadly and it can sneak up on you before you even realize it. For this reason, it's vitally important to stay on top of the amount of water your children are drinking, as many kids are hesitant to take breaks from their fun.
- Acclimation - If you live in extreme heat or humidity, it can take some time for your body to acclimate to the outdoor temperatures. Don't rush or push yourself too hard. Ease into your workouts. Take into consideration the temperatures at different times during the day and make a wise choice in regards to your level of activity.
- Clothing - Always be sure to dress appropriately. Light-colored and lightweight clothing are generally recommended as well as those that are made with a moisture-wicking material. Also, don't forget to take a hat or sunglasses if you plan to spend an extended amount of time outdoors.
Enjoying Your Summer Safely
Summer is a great time to increase your outdoor physical activity with friends and family, however, you need to be proactive with everyone's health and safety first! So go ahead and have the summer of a lifetime, just be sure to take the necessary precautions before you step outside!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Acworth, Ga.