Planning a Safe and Active Summer for Your Family

You want your family’s summer to be full of fun, but you want it to be healthy and safe as well. Sticking to air conditioned living rooms is certainly safe, but it’s not very active. On the other hand, running around in the summer sun for hours on end can pose some serious health risks. Being aware of those risks and properly preparing will help make sure your family has a safe and active summer.

  • Carry plenty of water. Get reusable water bottles so you always have water with you wherever you go. You need more water when engaging in physical activity during the summer month, and staying hydrated is very important. If you’re moving around in the sunshine, it’s a good idea to drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • It’s also important to protect your skin during the summer. Wear sunscreen, choose clothing with UPF that provides good coverage, and take breaks from the sun. Ultraviolet light can not only cause sunburns, but it can cause permanent damage and can lead to skin cancer.
  • Be aware of heat stroke and sun poisoning. Heat stroke occurs when your body can no longer maintain its internal temperature. With heat stroke, you need immediate medical attention as it can be extremely dangerous. Sun poisoning can be dangerous as well, and cause sever discomfort. Being smart and staying hydrated can help keep you safe from these ailments. Listen to your body and take breaks from direct sunlight.
  • Be the early bird. Starting your trips early can minimize the amount of time you’re in the peak of the sun’s heat. Typically, the warmest time of the day is between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. during the summer, but it can still get sweltering well before that. Start your activities early while it’s still cool outside.
  • Pack a healthy lunch instead of grabbing fast food. Burgers and fries, while convenient, aren’t the healthiest option. Fruit, vegetables, and a healthy sandwich all pack easily and travel well.

Morning playing at the park followed by lunch and reading time makes a lot of sense when temperatures climb.