Summer is the most playful season of the year. With the sun beating down us and the days longer than ever, we tend to work less, relax more, go on vacation, and spend as much …
6 Health and Wellness Tips for the Upcoming Summer Months
Summer is the most playful season of the year. With the sun beating down us and the days longer than ever, we tend to work less, relax more, go on vacation, and spend as much time in the water as we can possibly can. But even though the summer months present a great opportunity to cut loose and kick back, we should remain as aware of our health needs as we do during the other three seasons of the year.
Here at PMR, we maintain that it’s almost as easy to take care of our bodies in summer as it is to float down a lazy river at the water park. Without further ado, here are a few of the most important health tips to keep in mind from June through September.
- Wear sunscreen. We know it’s obvious—and that your mother was telling you to do it before the Internet even existed—but it still bears repeating. Don’t be another casualty of the summer sun, which can cause sunburn, premature skin aging and wrinkling, and even skin cancer. Always wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, especially from 9 am to 4 pm, and remember to re-apply sunscreen every two hours if you’ll be staying outside.
- Wear sunglasses. Sunglasses aren’t just for looking cool (or for keeping bright sunlight from harshing your mellow). Wear sunglasses that block both A and B ultraviolet rays to protect yourself from cataracts and other eye problems.
- Keep getting good sleep. The long, lazy days of summer will tempt you to stay out late and sleep in even later. Try to resist the temptation, especially if you know your work schedule will prevent you from making up the lost sleep. If you stick to the same sleep schedule in summer, your internal rhythms will thank you.
- Eat fresh produce. What better time than summer to enjoy fresh berries, peaches, and cool, crisp salads chock-full of leafy greens? Fresher, better produce is usually available in summer, and it may seem more appealing in the hotter months, too.
- Exercise outside. In the summer months, it’s much easier to take your gym routine out into the fresh air and embrace the great outdoors. Take a run through the park instead of on the treadmill—you can reward yourself with some delicious ice cream later.
- Exercise caution when appropriate. As exciting as it may be, summer can also prevent certain hazards that aren’t as common in the winter. From fireworks-related injuries to drowning to heat stroke, it’s important to stay one step ahead of any possible dangers. Preparation and knowledge can go a long way.
For more information on staying healthy all year round, contact us at PMR today!