Five Tips for a Healthy Summer
Whether students are in Auburn for the summer or back at home, follow these five easy steps to enjoy a healthy, fun summer.
Stay cool and hydrated
Drink water, at least two to four cups (16-32 ounces) when you wake up, and similar amounts if you are going out for activities and exercise.
While enjoying the sun and outdoors, protect yourself from overexposure to sunlight. Wear a hat and use natural sunscreens without excessive chemicals. Have Aloe Vera gel on hand for if you do get burnt. The cooling and healing gel inside the leaves will soothe any sunburn. Don't be in the majority of Americans who use only 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen.
Protect your eyes
To protect your vision at work and at play, wear protective eyewear. When outdoors, wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays. And when playing sports or doing tasks such as mowing the lawn, wear protective eyewear.
Keep or start an exercise routine
Running, hiking, biking or swimming are all great outdoor aerobic activities for the summer, but avoid outdoor exercise between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., as it is the hottest part of the day. Early mornings are best for outdoor activities. However, if you must exercise during the “avoided” times check out the 1/3 miles indoor track at the Recreation and Wellness Center. For more information about Campus Recreation hours and facilities visit the Campus Recreation website.
Wear bug spray
To avoid insect bites and stings stay away from scented soaps, perfumes or hairsprays during the summer months. Apply bug spray when outdoors, repellants with DEET are most effective against ticks and mosquitoes. For more tips to live healthy this summer, visit Health Promotion and Wellness Services or Campus Recreation.