Tips for a Happy and Healthy Summer

June 25, 2013 at 10:10 pm Leave a comment

The arrival of summer means days at the pool, family barbeques, picnics, sports and other outdoor activities. Follow these tips to keep your active family happy and healthy this summer:

  • Hydrate. Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity to avoid dehydration.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear wide-brimmed hats, always apply water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and reapply sunscreen every two hours.
  • Practice heat safety. Avoid intense activities between noon and 3 p.m., when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, choose light, breathable fabrics such as cotton, and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Head indoors. When the heat gets unbearable, try indoor activities at your local YMCA or recreation center like basketball, swimming, yoga or racquetball.

Source: American Heart Association

Entry filed under: Managing your health, Safety, To Your Health.

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