Enjoy the Summer months by keeping physically active
After a long, cold winter and fickle spring weather, the warm summer sun beckons us to get out and enjoy the outdoors. But as you’re enjoying your outdoor activities this summer, don’t forget to be mindful of your body to keep it performing at its best. We’d like to share a few basic tips for weathering summer from your Scerbo PT team:
Tip 1: Drink. Keep yourself healthy by remembering to drink upwards of 8 oz of water, 5 times per day. Studies have shown that the body can dehydrate in as little as a few hours of exercise in hot weather, especially if you’re sweating. Drinking water can prevent dehydration, a condition that can cause unclear thinking, mood change, overheating, constipation, and kidney stones.
Tip 2: Protect your skin. Think ahead about how long you’re going to be in the sun. If you’re going to be in the sun for extended periods of time, wear a good sunscreen – and remember to reapply every few hours or after swimming.
Tip 3: Plan your workouts. To avoid heat stroke, plan your outside workouts for early morning or in the evening when it’s a little cooler.
Tip 4: Choose the right clothing. Use clothing made from natural fibers such as cotton or linen that can breathe and keep you cool — even consider long sleeves. When active (think brisk walking or running) choose clothing made from high-tech fabrics that breathe, are lightweight, and wick away your sweat.
Tip 5: Wear appropriate footwear. When heading out the door for a long walk make sure to wear supportive gym sneakers. Also, wear a good pair of socks to keep your feet dry and prevent blisters.
Tip 6: Protect your eyes. Be sure to wear sunglasses, as well as a hat, to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and protect your vision.
Your professional therapists at Scerbo Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation hope you’ll keep these healthy tips in mind as you head outdoors this summer. Remember, too, that if you experience pain or other physical discomforts when you exercise or play sports, indoors or out, you can count on us to help.