Williamson Medical Center wants to help you beat the heat and stay healthy throughout the summer season. Pools are opening, the kids are out of school and it’s time for some warm-weather adventures.
6 easy ways to have a happy, safe and healthy summer:
1. Stay Hydrated
It is essential to stay hydrated when you’re out and about exercising or enjoying the outdoors, especially as temperatures begin to rise. Make it a habit to bring a water bottle with you wherever you go. You can even freeze some freezer safe water bottles and take one with you for ice-cold water all day long. Try adding a wedge of lime or lemon to your water to help improve the taste.
2. Wear Sunscreen
Sunburn occurs most often during the summer months, and yes, you can still get sunburned if it’s overcast. Especially when, according to the CDC, the UV rays are at their highest level, which is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make sure to apply your sunscreen before sun exposure and to reapply every two hours as needed.
3. Get Active
We know it’s hot, but make sure you stay active throughout the summer! Get out, go on a hike, take a bike ride or just go for a walk. You’ll have more energy, AND being active can improve your overall health and reduce stress, too. The CDC recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination each week.
4. Eat Fresh
The summer months are a great time to eat fresh fruits and vegetables from your local farmers’ market. These can help keep you healthy and hydrated. Next time you reach for a snack, try some watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, cucumbers, celery or grapefruit.
5. Practice Water Safety
Whether you’re enjoying the pool or the beach, be vigilant about water safety. It’s a good practice to always swim with a buddy and swim only in areas supervised by a lifeguard. Educate yourself on the beach warning flag system – never swim in unsafe conditions. When swimming with children, make sure they have received proper swimming lessons, wear a life vest and are under the supervision of an adult at all times to prevent any injuries.
6. Find Time To Disconnect
Mental health is just as important as your physical health, and summer is a great time to recharge. Set aside time away from electronics to go on a walk or read a book. Spending time outdoors is a great way to disconnect from your electronics and clear your mind, helping you to have a very healthy summer.
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