Living in the ocean state has its perks that we get to take full advantage of all year round. As we pass through Memorial Day weekend and the summer season is quickly approaching, it is important to be mindful of good, healthy habits to maintain throughout the warmer months ahead.
Here are 5 quick facts and tips to maximize your summer success!
1. Sunshine = Increased Vitamin D. “In spring and summer, 25 percent of the body (the hands, face, neck and arms) is exposed to the sun, and in these seasons, about 8 to 10 minutes of sun exposure at noon produces the recommended amount of vitamin D.” Vitamin D is a nutrient your body needs for building and maintaining healthy bones. It is also shown to aid in cancer prevention, cognitive health, and osteoporosis.
2. Along with more sunshine is also increased sun exposure. The American
Academy of Dermatology recommends using sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher,
broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) protection, and water resistance. Make sure to apply
and reapply your sunscreen properly, at least every two hours you’re out in the
3. Wearing sun protection clothing is also a great option for those outdoor activities that can put you at an increased risk during tick season. Hats, long sleeves, and pants can become a good barrier from tick bites for any hiking and trail activities.
4. Hydration is key all year round, but with hotter temperatures and more activities being outdoors, it is important to stay hydrated throughout the day. Starting the day with a large glass of water is an easy way to stay on track but remember to keep water nearby especially if at the beach or in the sun!
5. Outdoor activities become more prevalent in the summertime whether it is gardening, pickleball, boating, swimming, kayaking, hiking, concerts, etc. Getting and staying active will improve both your physical and mental health. Working with your physical therapist to tackle any obstacles and prevent injuries is an excellent way to lead to your summer success!