Tips for a Healthy Summer
As we move into the summer season it is a great opportunity to talk about ways to have a healthy summer and keep our health and wellness at the forefront of what we do every day.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you to look after your health this summer:
- The summer brings with it some more opportunities to get outside and be active. Try to make getting outside a priority, aim to be active for 20 minutes at least 3 times per day. Being active and getting outside can have a really great impact on your health and improve sleep patterns while reducing anxiety and stress.
- Be summer smart! With the warmer weather we need to make sure we protect ourselves with sunscreen when out and about. Apply and re-apply sunscreen (at minimum SPF15) several times through the day.
TIP: a good rule of thumb is to re-apply sunscreen about every 2 hours
- Keeping cool is important. The warm weather and getting outside is fun but always be aware of staying outside in the heat too long. High heat for a prolonged period can be dangerous for everyone, especially those with chronic health conditions.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!! Do not wait until you feel thirsty to get a drink, try to keep hydrated throughout the day. You also need to be aware of what you are drinking, try to drink water (sparkling, still or tap water) and avoid or limit drinks with sugar and alcohol. This will help you stay hydrated throughout the day and reduce calories from sugary drinks.
TIP: try adding a slice of fruit to your water to add a nice refreshing taste!!
- Be aware of heat related issues, these can range from minor to medical emergencies (see below chart for more details).
- Heat Rash
- Heat Cramp
- Heat Exhaustion
- Heat stroke
- Be aware of bugs! Summer is a great time to get outside but be aware of the bugs, most bug bites will go away on their own within a few days. However, some bug bites can cause serious health issues. Always take precautions and use insect repellent to help protect yourself. Be aware of your surroundings and activities, you may want to wear long pants and sleeves if you plan to go hiking to avoid ticks. If you have a bug bite look out for and speak to your health care provider if you have:
- Redness that spreads
- Drainage from the bite
- Fever, chills or body aches
TIP: always apply sunscreen before insect repellent