Although summer is the time to go outside and enjoy the warm weather, you need to keep in mind that the sun isn’t always your friend.
May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness month, so here are some tips to keep you safe this summer. If you are going to be outside for a while, remember to always wear your sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30. To prevent heat exhaustion, make sure you drink plenty of fluids and take a break from being outdoors every two hours.
Typicall more humid conditions are more dangerous for your body. Dr. James Comerci with Wheeling Hospital says, “folks need to remember that with higher humidity we sweat less. We need to first of all stay indoors if it’s very humid and hot, be aware, and also and find ways to get in cooler environments but also where air is moving such as a fan.”
If you plan on exercising in the heat, go out in either the morning hours or later in the evening to avoid the high heat times. Wear light clothing and hydrate before, during, and afterwards.