Its surface can exceed a scorching 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, its core is a blazing 27 million degrees Fahrenheit and if you stare directly into its fiery rays, you can go blind. Yet, millions of people around the world spend countless hours outdoors in record breaking heat, not mindful of the effects of the sun.
It is important to have as much vitamin D you can this season. MaxWell Medical wants you to Do More, relax and enjoy New York City’s unpredictable weather but, ONLY with the proper protection.
Here are 10 Tips on Staying Safe in the Sun:
1. Drink Plenty of Fluids- Increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. Drink 2 – 4 glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids each hour.
2. Replace Salt and Minerals- Excessive sweating removes salt and minerals from the body. These are necessary for your body and must be replaced. Drinks containing electrolytes can be a great replacement for loss of energy.
3. Wear Appropriate Clothing and Sunscreen- When in the comfort of your own home; the less clothing you wear the better. When deciding on what to wear, we recommend lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. SPF 15 or higher is the most effective product.
4. Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully- Make sure that any outdoor activities you schedule are done early in the morning or in the evening hours.
5. Pace Yourself- Not everyone is accustomed to working in extremely hot environments, but if you are, start out slow and pick up the pace gradually.
6. Stay Cool Indoors- Make sure you stay in an air-conditioned area. Regardless if it is your home, library, or shopping mall.
7. Use a Buddy System- The heat can do a number on our body, so if you are working in the heat, monitor the condition of your co-workers and have someone do the same for you.
8. Monitor Those at High Risk- When it comes to heat-related illness, some people are at a greater risk than others.
9. Adjust to the Environment- Be aware that any sudden change in temperature, such as an early summer heat wave, will be stressful to your body.
a. Infants and young children.
b. People 65 years of age and older.
c. Overweight people.
d. People who are physically ill.
10. Do Not Leave Children in Cars– Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. Never leave infants, children in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
Make this season the summer you will never forget, but not because of your new lobster colorskin, but because you took advantage of the 104 days of summer and enjoyed every minute of it. MaxWell Medical wants you to SHINE ON all summer long!