June is National Safety MonthPosted on 6/7/2012
Summer time is quickly approaching, and the temperature is heating up quickly. For many of us who work or exercise outdoors, it can become tricky to enjoy the summer weather, stay fit, and stay safe in the heat. There are several important things to keep in mind to ensure that our bodies stay healthy as we enjoy the summer weather.
- The first is to always, always stay hydrated!
During moderate exercise, we lose a portion of the water our bodies retain, and this needs to be replaced. Even if you do not feel thirsty, it is important to drink before, during, and after strenuous activity. By staying hydrated you are keeping your strength and energy up, while allowing your sweat to kick your body’s natural cooling system into high gear.
- Pick your spots: Perform the most physically demanding exercises or tasks in the morning or evening, when it is cooler. Take a break during the middle of the day, when the temperature is at its peak.
- Acclimate Gradually: It takes our bodies a couple of weeks to adjust to warmer temperatures, so, for the first few weeks, be especially mindful of when you are going out and take it easy when the temperatures are at their hottest.
- Dress for Success: On hot days, chose clothing that is loose fitting and light in color. This will help to cool you down by letting in the breeze and reflecting away the hot rays from the sun.
- Stay Covered: Anytime we are outside, we are exposed to harmful UV rays from the sun. This is true even on days when it is cloudy or cooler. To avoid sun damage, apply plenty of sunscreen at least fifteen minutes before heading outside. Make sure to hit all the easy to miss spots like behind the ears and the neck so that you do not get burnt. Also, make sure it is water proof so you do not sweat it off!