Summer Safety Tips

Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy healthy activity outdoors such as swimming, water aerobics, hiking, biking, yard games, and walking/ jogging/ running.

Walking and moderate activity for at least 30 minutes a day can:

  • Reduce your risk for heart disease
  • Help control your glucose (blood sugar) levels
  • Improve your cholesterol numbers
  • Enhance mental well-being

To ensure you fully reap the benefits from your activities this summer, it is important to keep a few safety tips in mind.

  1. Wear safe and comfortable clothing. Darker colors will absorb the heat from the sun. Wear lighter color clothes to keep you cooler.  Wear sturdy, well-fitting tennis shoes.
  2. Time of day. Take advantage of the longer days summer offers. Walk earlier in the morning or later in the evening to enjoy cooler temperatures with less risk for over-heating.
  3. Water. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your outdoor activity to stay hydrated in the heat.
  4. Sunscreen. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend applying SPF 15 or higher before going outdoors. If you are sweating or participating in a water activity, it is important to re-apply. Sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat are also necessary summer accessories to guard your face and neck from intense heat.
  5. Weather. Summer storms can be unpredictable. Always check the radar before starting a new adventure.