June 16, 2016Health News You Can Use

Tips for Staying Active This Summer

The arrival of spring and summer means days at the pool, family picnics, baseball and other outdoor activities. Here are some tips from the American Heart Association to keep your family physically active in the warmer months:

  • Hydrate! Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity to avoid dehydration. For low-calorie flavor, add slices of your favorite fruits such as melon, oranges, berries or even cucumber or mint to a pitcher of water and refrigerate for two hours. Read The American Heart Association’s Staying Active in Warm Weather and Staying Hydrated – Staying Healthy information too.
  • Protect your family from the sun: wear wide-brimmed hats, always apply water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.
  • Heat safety: avoid intense activities between noon and 3 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Dress for the heat: wear lightweight, light colored clothing, choose light, breathable fabrics such as cotton, and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Head indoors: when the heat gets unbearable, try indoor activities at your local YMCA or rec center like basketball, swimming, yoga or racquetball.

This information was originally published on the American Heart Association Website.  Click here to view it.