Safe Summer Fitness

The blue skies and sunshine of summer signal a happy invitation to walk, golf, bike, swim and generally seek activity outside. While sunny days lure us outside, hot and humid temperatures, too much sun and other dangers deserve caution. A few smart tips can keep you safe while active in summer including: 

Happy trails. Walking, and bike trails are a scenic option over concrete, watch for hidden holes, rocks, tree roots and other uneven terrain, which can cause ankle injuries. 

Safe rolling. When bike riding, wear a good fitting helmet, stay on bike paths whenever possible, make sure others can see you, don’t bike at night and stay alert- never wear headphones!

Make a splash! Swimming and water sports such as kayaking, snorkeling, and surfing are ideal to feel cook under the sun. Avoid over exposure to sunlight, never go out on the water alone, avoid alcohol and keep an eye on the weather for storms.  

Keep cool and covered. Beat the heat by drinking plenty of water, dress in light fabrics, wear sunscreen with a high SPF and work out in morning or evening. Remember that when in the water, even if you don’t feel the “sticky” feeling of sweating your body is still perspiring so it’s even more important to replenish your fluids.

 “Every summer has a story.”   Unknown