Jun
1
2013
Ready for Summer?

summer safety

We know, we know, summer doesn’t officially kick off until June 21st, but since school is already out for many students and the sun is shining quite brightly, we figured it was time to get ready!

Many folks, and certainly the media, tend to associate summer with going to the beach.  While soaring temperatures do send crowds of overheated fun-seekers to the nearest body of water available, not everyone gets to find Nemo in the big blue ocean.

Whether your cooling off involves the big blue, a river, a lake,  a man-made dam, or the backyard hose,  here is a helpful list of summer fun equipment and some tips to make sure you enjoy it in the most healthy way possible.

Summer Preparedness List:

  • Swim Wear! Obviously, you need a bathing suit or trunks to go cool off in the water.  Please note, cut-off jeans and an ol’ beater are not swim wear.  Also, naked babies can be cute, but Speedos on mature adults are not.  Keep it classy!

  • Sunblock!  Avid tanners may be tempted to opt for bronzing formulas with low SPF’s, but allow us our Public Service Announcement of the day.  According to www.skincancer.org, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.

      Opt for an SPF 30 or higher and reapply liberally throughout the day.  If you are prone to burning even if you wear SPF 100, stay in areas shaded by a solid roof (sunlight will sneak through trees!) and consider a long sleeve t-shirt with SPF fibers.  Also, a big floppy hat does wonders!

  • Water!  No, we don’t mean the water you swim in, nature will provide that.   We are talking about hydration.  Drink lots and lots of water! The summer heat can quickly reduce your body’s internal water supply to dangerously low levels.  By the time you are thirsty, your body is already suffering.   Proactively drink at least 8 ounces of water per hour.  More if you are playing sports or staying active in the sun.

  • Alright, we are going to speed things up and give you a master list of supplies that will make your waterside time more enjoyable.  Ready?  Here is goes: Towels, hat, sunglasses, cash, camera, flip flops, zip lock bags (for your smart phones, iPods, and other electronics), aloe gel  change of clothes, cooler, insect repellant, hand sanitizer, snacks, napkins, cups, gum, a comb or brush,  umbrella, blanket, chairs, beach toys, floating devices, small first aid kit, and perhaps a small trash bag.

Now that you are fully equipped, plan on making the most of your time by the water.  Stay Active! Don't just sit on your towel or chair all day. Rent bikes or kayaks and explore! Go in the water, play volleyball or touch football, or go for a long walk.

What was that?  You don’t have the energy to get active?  Your back, knee, shoulder, neck, etc. hurts?  Well then, you need some help getting ready for summer!   Summer is a great time to clear out the cobwebs, soak in a moderate amount of sun, enjoy nature, and reconnect with family.

If you have chronic or acute pain that is keeping you from enjoying summer at full blast, come see us at i spa Health Studio and let’s explore how we can help.  We have a full spectrum of wellness services including Massage, Yoga, Acupuncture, and Weight Loss Coaching that can get you back to feeling great and having fun.  Just call 727.386.4004 to schedule your visit.

 
     
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