As fun as summer can be, it can also pose potential health risks, like heatstroke and dehydration. And this summer has proven to be a doozy in many parts of the US and the world.
But you can still have a fun, safe summer outside. Be sure to take no-nonsense precautions and respect Mother Nature (and your well-being).
- Drink plenty of water. It increases your metabolism to help you lose weight, makes you feel full faster, and – importantly now – keeps you cooler. Plus, water is good for digestion and skin. Follow this rule of thumb: Drink between a half-ounce and 1 ounce of water for every pound of body weight, according to WebMD.
- Avoid the midday heat. Enjoy your outdoor activities when it’s cooler. If you like to garden, get your digging done around breakfast time. Then walk or jog after dusk. Play in the water when you can. Work out in our comfortable, temperature-controlled facility at any time.
- Wear sunscreen and hats. Most people over 60 don’t use sunscreen, Consumer Reports says, even though skin cancers are rising among Baby Boomers. Use something with an SPF between 30 and 50. Use plenty and reapply often. As for hats and coverage, a head wrap can make a world of difference when out in the sun!
- Be careful of bugs and other garden dangers. Empty flowerpots, buckets, and other water containers to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Use outdoor repellents around the yard. Keep walkways, patios, and garage floors free of hoses and other things that can trip you up.
As always, eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, limit your alcohol, and sleep well every night. Our bodies are working over-time in this heat to stay regulated…a good night’s sleep can make a huge difference in how much endurance you will have!
We’re here to keep you moving – and it’s always safe and plenty cool in here with us! If you’re not already a member, give us a try with Our 21-Day Strength and Balance Program! You won’t regret it. Come on down!