Summertime is almost here! With its warm weather and bright skies, summer is the season of swimming pool days, backyard BBQs and all things fun in the sun. But if you aren’t careful, it can also be the season of sunburns, insect bites and heat-related illness – things that are sure to bring your summer fun to a screeching halt. To help you make the most out of your summer season, here are our top tips to staying healthy and safe all summer long.
This one bears repeating – drink plenty of water. Dehydration is a leading cause of summer illness, and it happens faster than you think in the summer heat. Carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go and drink from it frequently. If needed, add a splash of flavor with fresh fruit like cucumbers or oranges for a tasty and refreshing twist.
There’s nothing fun about sun damage, which can cause skin cancer and premature aging. If you’ll be in the sun, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF to all uncovered areas 30 minutes before going outside. To be super sun-safe, wear protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat and stick to shady areas whenever possible.
Get Out and Move.
Summer shouldn’t be spent indoors! Take advantage of warm weather and sunny skies to get outdoors and move your body. Swim some laps in the pool, go on a nature hike or play a game of tag with the kids. Whatever you do, aim to get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.
Heat-related illness can be deadly. As temperatures rise, take steps to stay safe and cool: wear light-fitting clothing, drink plenty of water, exercise early or late in the day and know the warning signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
Summer is one of the best times of year for fresh fruits and veggies! In-season produce costs less and tastes better, making it a smart choice for any meal. Plus, fruits and veggies have a high water content to help you stay hydrated! Some of our summer favorites are corn, cucumbers, bell peppers, blueberries, watermelon, cherries, and mango.
Treat summer allergies.
Sneezing and sniffling are not a good summer look. Summer allergens include grass and tree pollen, mold spores, ragweed, and stinging insects. Maintain your allergy regiment to minimize symptoms or try our sublingual allergy drops for lasting relief.
Above all, spend your summer season doing things you love! Take a summer trip. Try a new hobby. Throw a backyard BBQ. Play in the pool. With the above tips in mind, there’s no limit to your summer fun in the sun!