The warmer weather and extra sunlight during the summer months can give us a boost of energy and motivation to be more active. If you are planning on being outdoors more in the summer months, it’s good to know what to avoid in order to reduce the risk of injury to the body. Here are some tips to keep in mind when being active during the warm summer months:
Timing Is Everything
Sunshine, longer days and warmer temperatures provide more opportunities to get outside but when the temperature and humidity is high it can be a challenge to get outdoors. During the summer, the hottest part of the day is usually between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. This is the time to head indoors or find a place to avoid the sun to prevent too much sun exposure. Being outdoors not only during the hottest part of the day but also for periods too long can lead to heat exhaustion which is the body’s response to an excessive loss of water and salt through sweating. The body’s response to being overheated can include symptoms such as headache, rapid heart rate, dizziness, confusion and fatigue. Avoiding this time during the day can help prevent any chances of suffering from heat exhaustion.
Take A Break
When you choose to be active outdoors, remember to listen to your body and take breaks when necessary. Make sure to schedule time during the day to head indoors to cool your body down. Planning a rest day during the week can help reduce the risk of injury. Being more active can put a strain on the body and mind and taking breaks during your day and planning rest days during the week can help reduce stress (mental and physical), help to maintain your daily performance and help reduce muscle soreness at the end of the day.
Drink Plenty of Water
The summer sunshine and hot weather can cause your body to sweat more which is why drinking water often helps to replenish the fluids lost by excessive sweating. Make sure to avoid sugary or alcoholic drinks when being in the sun for too long as these can cause you to sweat more – removing salt and minerals that are necessary for your body to function normally.
When being outdoors you should always protect yourself from the sun by applying sunscreen and reapplying throughout the day to avoid any burns from the sun. A sunburn can affect your body’s ability to cool down and can cause dehydration – a main cause of heat exhaustion. It is also recommended to wear a head covering such as a hat and sunglasses for added protection from the sun.
Being active in the summer months may mean extra pain for your muscles and joints. If you are interested in chiropractic care for your achy muscles and joints or if you are interested in what other types of services we offer, please contact North County Pain Relief at (314) 731-4201. We look forwarding to working with you and helping you in finding relief during the summer months!