Reduce Your Risk: Summer Edition

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The grass is green, the sun is shining and it’s time to get active! Summer time is a great time to get hooked on healthy habits. Here are some tips from Youth Advisory Council to help you while you are reducing your risk this summer.

Go Swimming If you are lucky enough to live by the lake, summer is a great time to practice your front crawl. Swimming is great for people with sore joints because the resistance of the water ensures less strain and jarring. Besides being an excellent workout, swimming can also be a great stress reliever and will of course help you cool down on a hot summer day.

Eat Homemade Frozen Treats Pump the breaks on the fast food ice cream this summer! You can make your own healthy summer treats right at home and boy are they delicious. Here are some Youth Advisory Council approved tasty frozen treats that will keep you cool and reduce your risk!

Become One With Nature In the Reduce Your Risk: May Long Edition, we talked about the many benefits of hiking. We challenge you to use your summer wisely by hiking in your community every single week. It’s not hard to find trails right near your home! You may also want to try out camping, a particularly fun way to get out into nature. Why not plan a weekend trip with friends or family? Don’t forget to pack your Frisbee and soccer ball – you’ll have lots of time for outdoor activities while camping!

Stay Hydrated If you are like us, spending the weekends outdoors is on our to-do list this summer. But getting active in the heat means you lose a lot of water, which is important to your physical health. Don’t forget to bring a water bottle with you if you are going on long walks or runs when the sun is shining. Try to drink at least one litre of water a day to avoid the effects of dehydration.

Wear Sunscreen If you have ever experienced a sunburn, you know why this tip is very important for all summer outdoor activities. Beyond a red, painful burn, skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the number one cause of skin cancer. So get yourself some SPF and don’t forget to reapply throughout the day and after getting wet. The higher the SPF the better – don’t be shy, grab a 60+ SPF!


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