Summer is here and as everyone starts to spend more time outside, we wanted to share a few tips on how you can stay safe and healthy this summer.
If you’re spending time outdoors this summer, remember to stay hydrated! As we age, our body isn’t as efficient at maintaining body temperature. Different medications and medical conditions can also cause you to become more prone to dehydration as well. Be sure to pack a cold water bottle if you are going on walks or spending time outdoors.
Use Sun Protection
Just as certain medications and medical conditions can affect your body’s hydration, they can also affect your sensitivity to the sun. If you’re going to be spending more than 15 minutes outside, use an SPF 30 sunscreen to protect yourself from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
Wear Proper Clothing
If you’re going to be spending time outdoors this summer, be sure that you’re wearing proper clothing as well. Lightweight, breathable clothing is best. This will help you stay cool and prevent overheating.
Avoid the Hottest Hours
If you can, try to avoid the hottest hours of the day which are usually between 11-4pm. Using the morning and evening hours to do any outdoor chores, activities, or exercises is best to avoid heat stroke and exhaustion.
Keep Your Home Cool
If you don’t have air conditioning in your home take a few precautions to help cool down your space. Opening the windows but keeping the blinds or curtains pulled down is a great way to block the light of the sun while providing a nice breeze. A fan, no matter how big or small, is another great way to circulate the air in your home and help to keep it cool.