Summer is in full swing, and Minnesota summers bring a new set of needs to keep our bodies healthy and active. Here are a few tips to get you through the summer.
Protect Your Skin:
• The sun’s UV rays are strongest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself!
• Choose a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (SPF 30 or higher). Be sure to reapply every two hours.
• Lightweight, light-colored clothing that reflects heat and sunlight and helps maintain normal body temperature is the best choice.
• Wearing a wide-brimmed hat will protect your head and face.
•Don’t forget to protect your eyes! It’s best to choose sunglasses that offer UV protection.
• When your body is under moderately strenuous outdoor activity, the rate that it can absorb fluids is less than the rate it loses water due to perspiration.
• Even if you don’t feel thirsty, you should drink plenty of water and natural juices.
• Drink it throughout the day not just during activities!
• Avoid sodas or juices high in sugar.
• Water helps keep muscle and bone healthy, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and fuels your activities throughout the day.
Eat for the Heat:
• Avoid foods that are high in protein, they increase metabolic heat.
• Eat small meals more often.
• Summer is a great time for fresh produce.
• Get out and visit one of your local farmer’s market for light, refreshing, and healthy food options.
• Too much fun in the sun can cause heatstroke, symptoms may include high temperatures, nausea and vomiting, flushed skin, headaches, racing heart rates and altered mental state or behavior.
• Two hours a day in an air-conditioned space can significantly reduce the risk of heat-related illness, so find time to sit in an air-conditioned space.
• Go swimming. Taking a dip in a cool pool or ocean is refreshing, it can double as exercise!
• In case you didn’t know—electric fans do not produce cool air; they only move hot air around!
• When you are outdoors, find a shaded area to take a break.
• It’s a must for building strong bones and maintaining bone strength.
• Be sure to stretch before and after an activity.
• Make fun outings with the family into exercise: go to the zoo, take the long route, or use the stairs.
• Since summer is the most active season, find a good pair of sneakers to prevent foot, ankle and knee pain.
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