There is no doubt that spending time in the warm Summer sun has its benefits. Direct exposure to the sun’s rays helps your body to naturally produce vitamin D, it can help to elevate your mood and it just plain feels good, but when it comes to the sun you can certainly get too much of a good thing.
Over exposure to the sun can cause painful sunburns or sun poisoning, excessive activity in the hot sun can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke and if you aren’t careful, getting too active in the heat can easily lead to dehydration. In order to still be able to enjoy some time in the sun this Summer, you need to take the proper precautions in order to be safe.
On excessively hot days you’ll want to limit or possibly even eliminate strenuous activities like gardening, the harder you work out in the brutal heat the faster the negative effects can take hold. If your daily exercise routine normally takes place in the great outdoors, you might want to bring it inside on excessively hot days – if you are only accustomed to walking as your workout and want suggestions for a safe and effective indoor exercise to replace it on hot days, ask your physician or home nurse for some advice.
Keep a bottle of water close by on hot days, even if you aren’t going outside a whole lot. Making sure that your fluid intake is up and staying hydrated is very important during the excessive heat. Limiting the amount of time you spend in the direct sunlight as the temperature rises will help as well – perform necessary outdoor activities either early in the morning or late in the day, apply and re-apply sunscreen as necessary and spend some time in the shade.
If you feel as though you may have overdone it and are feeling any ill effects from your time in the sun, contact your doctor or home health aide immediately. The negative effect of overexposure to the sun and heat can lead to serious illness and if you have even the slightest notion that something isn’t right it’s better to be safe than sorry.