Summer can be a good time to do some physical activity while enjoying the nice weather.
Walking in the country, or even the city streets, going to a zoo, exploring a park or biking are all fun summertime activities.
When it is very hot, try to go outside early in the morning and late in the afternoon.
Physical activity is good for mental health, it improves cognition in children and older adults and it leads to better sleep.
-> Please use sun protection, sunglasses and a hat :-)
Sunlight is good for the body. It is an excellent source of vitamin D and it can improve mood. However, like many things, too much can be unsafe.
To protect the skin from UVA rays, choose a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays and that has a protective factor of at least SPF 30.
-> Take a look at the EWG (Environmental Working Group) Sunscreen Guide to make the right choice.
Stay hydrated: Drink water
In hot weather, it is essential to drink plenty of water, and to replenish all the fluids that are lost through perspiration.
Drinks that contain alcohol or caffeine are not effective against dehydration (no sorry, your mojito can’t be effective lol). They can increase fluid output, making it harder to be properly hydrated.
Signs of dehydration include:
Little or no urination
-> Don’t just drink water during activities. Drink it throughout the day! And try to avoid sodas or juices high in sugar.
Bugs and insects
Some insects can give a painful skin.
When you are outside and, especially in a warm climate, it is a good idea to use insect repellent (ALWAYS talk with your doctor or pharmacist before buying any item and specify if it is for an adult or a child).
Bites and stings can lead to allergic reactions and infections.
Check your body for ticks after spending time in wooded areas.
-> Tips to prevent insect stings include:
Keeping windows and doors closed
Throwing out garbage as often as possible
Wearing closed toe shoes all the time
Avoid excessive use of fragrance
Avoid wearing dark colours or floral prints that may attract wasps
Take note of these 4 tips, ENJOY, relax, TAKE TIME for you, do what you love. Just live and be you.
Have a healthy, sunny and funny summer guys.