It’s summertime! Many of us are eager to get outside for some much needed fresh air and outdoor exercise. OrthoIndy sports medicine physician, Dr. Jonathan Shook shares tips on how to stay safe while being active outdoors:
1. Stay cool and hydrated. During a heat wave, the most important thing is staying cool and hydrated. Additionally, people who have a heart condition, are older than 50 or are overweight may have to take extra precautions. Our bodies are about 75 percent water and blood is nearly 80 percent water, so it is necessary to replenish what is lost every day.
2. Use sunscreen. Look for products with an SPF of 15 to 50, and that are labeled “broad spectrum protection,” meaning they protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
3. Put on bug spray. When using bug spray on a child, apply it to your own hands and then rub it on your child. Avoid children’s eyes and mouth and use it sparingly around their ears. Do not apply repellent to children’s hands as children tend to put their hands in their mouths.
4. Use protective equipment such as helmets, wrist guards and kneepads. Wearing this safety gear during a bicycle ride or while skateboarding is the easiest way to avoid a trip to the emergency room.
5. Exercise in the early morning or evening. Exercising during these times will help you avoid the high heat in the middle of the day as well as the stronger sunrays during that time.
6. Don’t be afraid to get outside! Too many kids are playing on their iPads and computers and not getting enough exercise. Go on a family walk or bike ride to the park for an active family outing.
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