Happiness and Wellbeing, Health, Lifestyle, Travel

Hello Summer!

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“If you’re not barefoot, then you’re overdressed.” ~ Unknown

Ahhh.  No shoes. I walk barefoot all year round. Love not wearing shoes  – EXCEPT when I accidentally find fire ants.  Those little buggers are nasty!

It may not be summer yet, but it’s really close.  Memorial Day is the official kick off to summertime fun and it’s two weeks away.  My most treasured memories are from long days spent outdoors when I was a kid right up until now when a free day has me floating in my pool or at the Ichetucknee Springs. You really have to get to the springs early or you may not be able to get in. What a wonderful natural playground in our backyards.

When we were young, we couldn’t wait for school to end so we would be able to play from sun up until sun down. Baseball, swimming, picnics and catching lightning bugs were the only things on our daily schedule. Of course, when we were older and raising kids of our own we weren’t able to have those wonderful unstructured days.  Next best things are sunny weekends and family vacations to create more wonderful memories.

It’s already in the 90’s so it’s time to think about our health when outdoors. We don’t want to hamper our summer fun by dealing with a terrible sunburn or dehydration. The few tips to follow will have you creating healthy, fun memories this summer:

  • TEACH KIDS TO SWIM.  Makes me extremely sad when I hear that a child drowned while at a family picnic at the beach or lake. Please take your children to swim lessons and always supervise children of any age when they are near ANY type of water. They’re lives can literally depend on it.
  • Taking care of kids or pets this summer? Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car even when the windows are cracked. Put a sticky note in your car or somewhere you are sure to see it to check the back seat.  If you see a child or pet in a hot car, call the police and if you need to, break the window and GET THEM OUT!
  • Sunscreen is a must. Apply liberally all over your body and face. Be sure to get your neck, back and shoulders too. I use the SPF 30 or higher sport version and reapply often especially when I’m active or swimming.
  • Hydrate before you head outside to exercise. Drink a glass or two of water an hour or so before you plan any activity or to exercise outdoors.
  • Bring your water bottle with you and be sure to drink often. Rule of thumb is every 15 minutes or so. Staying hydrated is more difficult in higher temps than it is on cooler days. It’s important to stay hydrated so that you don’t experience being light-headed or feel nauseous.
  • Listen to your body. Should you start to feel weak, dizzy, faint or nauseous stop immediately and seek help. If no one is around, call 911 and get the help you need quickly.

These simple tips will make sure you and your family have a safe, fun-filled summer.  Have a great week!

To your health,


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