June 27, 2023

Create memorable moments and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors — and do it worry-free.

Warm weather is here. Whether you enjoy concerts, working in your yard or heading out to the lakes, summer days and nights are full of opportunities to get outside. As the days get hotter and the humidity gets thicker, it is important to implement outdoor safety habits to take care of ourselves as we spend more time in the sun! Here are a few fundamental tips:

Have you met Stanley?

Stanley cups have replaced the once beloved Yeti Tumbler. Whether you are team Stanley or team Yeti, make sure you are consistently hydrating throughout the day with water. As we lose fluids from sweating throughout the day, it is essential to replenish our fluids. It is especially important for those that enjoy outdoor exercise. If you do not like water, here are a few ways to spice things up:

  • Add fruit, cucumber and/or mint to your water
  • Try a sugar-free mix in such as Mio or Crystal Light
  • Try a Gatorade Zero to get all the benefits of Gatorade hydration without added sugar
  • Upgrade to sparkling water

Work it out(side)

After working indoors all day, outdoor exercise on a lovely day can be very refreshing. Thankfully, there are options galore for outdoor activities, many of which you can enjoy at no cost.

  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Biking
  • Pickleball
  • Hiking a trail at a local state park
  • Running
  • Swimming

Cover Up

Whether you are doing yard work, completing an outdoor exercise or taking a dip in the pool, it is critical to protect your skin from the sun. Although hats and long sleeve shirts are not the typical clothing of choice in the hot sun, they can help you avoid signs of early aging and decrease the risk of skin cancer. If covering up is not an option, make sure to consistently apply sunscreen with a high SPF. Are you scheduled for your skin cancer screening check? These skin checks are critical each year to avoid a life-changing diagnosis of skin cancer.

Covering up can be about more than avoiding sunburn. Did you know lawnmowers cause 85,000 injuries per year in the United States? Cover up and protect against accidental injuries. Attire for mowing should include pants, a long-sleeve t-shirt and closed-toe shoes. If you go the extra mile with a string trimmer, it is important to wear eye protection to avoid flying debris. Top it all off with bug spray to keep the pests away from you.

Swim Safety

Summer and swimming are synonymous. There may be no better feeling than jumping in a pool or lake on a sizzling summer day! Unfortunately, there are several injuries and deaths related to water each year. Here are key preventative measures to avoid swimming accidents:

  • Always jump into water feet first if you do not know the depth of the water.
  • If you are not a strong swimmer, make sure to wear a life jacket. Children should always be wearing a life jacket and under a watchful eye! Parents can take shifts monitoring everyone is safe and having fun!
  • If driving a boat, never drive under the influence. Staying alert and sober is critical while driving a machine with a powerful engine – especially when hosting friends and family! You may even find an added benefit by taking a boater safety course!

The goal for the summer is to create memorable moments and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors — and do it worry-free. Along the way, these outdoor safety tips can make sure nothing gets in the way of your fun in the sun.

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