Are you heading to the beach this summer? If you're like most people, you probably would. After all, there is no better way to spend a hot summer day than on a beautiful beach with breathtaking views and exciting water sports. But just like with anything fun, spending time on the beach can also have some major drawbacks, one of these is the health risks. To ensure that your fun day won't be ruined by sunburn, heat stroke or dehydration, keep these summer safety tips in mind:
Drink Plenty Of Water
This is a no-brainer but some people forget about their water needs when they're out there at the beach having too much fun. Even when you're in the water and you don't feel like you're sweating, your body still releases fluid and you need to replace that with sufficient amount of water to prevent dehydration. It's also important to remember that alcohol and caffeinated drinks won't count as dehydration-preventing fluids. That's because these beverages are diuretic and can cause a person to urinate often. You would need to double up on your water intake if you are going to drink soda, coffee, wine or beer.
Protect Yourself From UV Rays
Wear a wide-brimmed hat and UV protective sunglasses when you're on the beach. UV rays can cause cataracts and other eye problems. These harmful rays from the sun can also cause a number of skin disorders including skin cancer so it is necessary to splash a good amount of sunscreen on your skin at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun. Go for one that has a higher SPF to get a longer and stronger protection. Make sure that you get one that is waterproof and has protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Also, re-apply the sunscreen every 2 hours.
Avoid Hot Hours
The best time to go to the beach is before or after the hottest hours of the day, which is from 10 am to 2 pm. Around 3 or 4 pm, you can head to the beach and not worry about getting heatstroke or sunburn as long as you wear sunscreen and keep yourself hydrated.
Eat Smart Healthy
Just because you're on a vacation it doesn't mean that you have an excuse to stuff yourself with unhealthy food. When preparing for the beach picnic, be sure to include healthy and nutritious foods that will not only give you the ultimate feast but would also provide you with the energy and vigor you need to enjoy the day.
Take Regular Breaks
When you're enjoying water sports and activities, it's possible that you will forget to take a break once in a while. Don't push yourself beyond your limit and take a nap to relax and unwind. It would be a good idea to get a massage while you're on the beach. A massage can improve circulation in your body and relieve tense muscles and aching joints.