Summer Outdoor Activities


Here are some smart tips while staying active outdoors...….

First is proper shoe wear. Yeah, the flip flops and sandals look great but if you are going for a good walk especially along the beach or uneven surfaces, proper shoe wear is a must. Injury caused by inappropriate shoes can needlessly derail your fitness/outdoor activity. Investing in a quality shoe can help you prevent foot and ankle damage and make your outdoor workout a more pleasant and comfortable experience. Try wearing a sneaker with good arch support and yes they make them stylish! If you really want to wear flip flops or sandals try to find a good brand that provides good arch support such as New Balance, Dr. Scholl's, Vionic, Aeroothotic, Rockport or Teva to name a few.

Second is wearing sunscreen. It does not matter how dark your skin is or how well you tan. The ozone layer is depleting and your body needs shielding from harmful rays. Skin cancer rates are on the rise and sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer. It helps to prevent facial brown spots and skin discolorations. It also helps slow down the development of wrinkled and premature aging skin. Spray on sunscreen is great for the outdoor enthusiast and should be reapplied every two hours in daytime sunlight.

Third is proper hydration. Water is essential for maintaining blood circulation throughout the body and maintains body temperature. As you exercise, your metabolism and your internal body temperature increase. Water carries heat away from your internal organs before serious damage occurs, which can lead to heat stroke. The heat travels through your bloodstream to your skin, causing you to sweat. As the sweat evaporates, this allows you to cool off and maintain a safe body temperature, optimal functioning and health. Try to drink before exercise, during and after exercise. If you exercise in extreme heat or for more than one hour, supplement water with a sports drink that contains electrolytes that contain 6-8% carbohydrates.

So use these helpful tips to enjoy the outdoors, stay fit and safe!