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Date: 07/06/18

Summer safety tips to help you enjoy the great outdoors

Rain or shine, getting outdoors is good for your mind and body. Studies have found that simply being outdoors – walking, biking or gardening – can lower stress and improve overall health.

While getting outside is good for your health, Pennsylvania summer weather can make it hard to enjoy time outside. For seniors, keep this list in mind so you can stay safe before going out to enjoy some fresh air.

  1. Drink lots of liquids. Pay attention to water intake. Prescription medicine and medical conditions can prevent the body’s natural ability to stay cool and hold water. Caffeine and alcohol can cause thirst, so it’s best to avoid them.
  2. Exercise. The sun’s rays and heat are at their highest levels between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Exercise during the morning or evening when the weather is cooler and the sun isn’t as strong.
  3. Eat lighter foods. Heavy foods make the body work harder, use more water and create more body heat. If it’s already hot outside, choose lighter foods filled with vitamins like fresh fruits, leafy green vegetables, protein-loaded meats or beans and eggs, and whole grains like brown rice, wheat pasta and bread.
  4. Keep safety in mind. Safety is always a concern for seniors while outside. Watch for uneven ground and other dangers while outside. Always have a fully-charged cell phone, snacks and water on-hand when leaving home.
  5. Use sunscreen. Certain clothing will protect you from the sun and outdoor pests, but you should also put on sunblock before heading outside. Apply products with an SPF of 30 or more 30 minutes before heading outside. For best protection, reapply every two hours.

Sometimes, there is nothing better than to relax and cool off. At PA Health & Wellness, we encourage you to enjoy the summer weather. With a little planning, having fun does not have to be risky.

A version of this article previously appeared in Senior News Directory.