Safety in the Sun

//Safety in the Sun

Safety in the Sun

 

Safety in the Sun

 sun shining, Monkstown, co. cork

 

With the unprecedented hot weather some of us are really starting to feel the heat. Here are a few tips on how to enjoy the sun, while keeping yourself safe and well. 

Hydration

Hydration is so important. It’s important all year round but particularly in hot weather when the sun is shining. As the temperature rises  we lose more moisture through sweating. It’s important to remain mindful of this and replace these losses. Water is obviously the best way of achieving this. Sugary drinks and alcohol can actually have the opposite effect. Some simple ways of keeping your hydration levels up is to try low sugar cordials or simply pop some mint or lemon into a bottle of water and sip it throughout the day- you can do this with almost any fruits so why not try experimenting with different flavours. Aim to drink between 2-3 litres per day and more if you’re exercising. 

Exercising

While you might be feeling lethargic and motivation to exercise is low, it’s important to keep up your routine. As we all know, consistency is key when it comes to exercise. The good news is that our studio is lovely and cool in this hot weather, and with morning and evening classes you can avoid the warmest hours of the day. If you are exercising outdoors, try switching up your routine. Avoiding exercise when the sun is at its hottest between 10am and 4pm or, alternatively, grab your swimming clothes and a towel and take a swim in one of our beautiful beaches.

Skin

Looking after your skin in this weather is so important. Skin cancer cases are on the rise and we know the 4 out of every 5 cases are attributed to sun exposure. Again, avoiding the sun when it’s at its hottest is very important, but the key is suncream. Using a good quality, high SPF suncream is so important. Factor 30 or above is a good choice. If you’re looking for a tan, the safest place to get it is from a bottle. The World Health Organisation has some simple tips on looking after your skin in the sun, you can find them here. Ladies, it’s also important to let you skin breath and as far as is possible go make up free, this will improve your complexion and give your skin a break from the make up you might wear on a regular basis.

Keeping cool 

So how do you keep yourself cool. Seeking shade is very important, staying our of direct sunlight and if you are working indoors, a fan is invaluable. Drinking plenty of cool fluids and wearing breathable clothing is also important. In terms of ice creams, some of you are trying to lead a healthy lifestyle and ice creams can be laden with lots of sugar and calories. Why don’t you try making you own? It’s really simple and all you need is some moulds which you can get in most supermarkets. Try blending some of your favourite fruits (my favourite is strawberry and banana) and just pop them into the moulds and into the freezer, it’s that simple!! Here’s a link to food blogger Jessica Gavin’s web page where she has some great tips and recipes.

 

homemade popsicles

 

The good weather is such a blessing, but unfortunately some of us aren’t enjoying it so much! Remember to look after yourselves and by following these tips you’ll make the most of this heatwave, because who knows when we’ll have a summer like this again?

Don’t forget

  • Stay hydrated- at least 2-3 litres of water a day
  • Keep exercising- you can book your classes here
  • Look after your skin- high SPF is key
  • Keep yourself cool
By | 2018-07-04T11:35:19+00:00 July 4th, 2018|Health|0 Comments

About the Author:

Leave A Comment