During summer, It’s hard to resist the urge to spend all our time outside, even if we’re just relaxing in the backyard or on the porch, and why not? Spending time outside is great for you. This article includes some info on why, but to summarize: it helps your brain release more serotonin, increases your vitamin D intake which helps to strengthen your bones, and, when you’re doing it safely, it can actually reduce your risk of cancer.
Speaking of safety, it’s important to remember to stay safe when you’re getting some sun, especially when it’s at its hottest. Forgetting safety precautions can cause everything from sunburn and sun poisoning to skin cancer, so you’ll want to play it safe when you head outside. Williamson Forward has some tips for staying safe while you catch some rays, courtesy of the National Weather Service.
Keep track of the UV Index Forecast. You can check it daily here, and understanding what it means can help you stay safe. If the Index is between 0-5, those exposed to the sun are at a lower risk, while an index above 6 indicates higher risks.
Don’t forget your first defense against harmful UV rays: sunscreen. Apply a sunscreen at SPF 30 or more around 30 minutes before sun exposure, and remember to reapply it every 2 hours.
Sunscreen isn’t your only defense! Wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays, and keeping yourself in the shade when the rays are at their brightest can also help to protect you. Wearing a wide-brimmed sun hat can also help to keep you protected.
Whether you’re hiking, fishing, or just spending a lazy day in your yard, don’t forget to stay safe while you’re having fun in the sun!