Staying Safe and Healthy at the Beach

DATE: September 14, 2017


Seven easy ways to make your beach days completely healthy and safe!

While summer is officially over, you still can enjoy many sunny days on a beach. And if you plan to get as much as possible, don’t forget to protect yourself and take some helpful advice in consideration.

A day on a beach may sound completely harmless, still, there are many opportunities to spend it damaging your health. Many people prefer to lie in the sun for many hours risking sunburns and skin diseases like cancer. Not to mention low physical activity and continuous snacking that creepingly adds pounds to the scale. Going to the beach, prepare yourself wisely so the trip will be fun as well as healthy.

1. Stay hydrated

This rule is important to follow when spending many hours on the beach. Drink a lot of water and eat watery foods to avoid dehydration. Lack of drinking water is one of the reasons why people feel very tired when coming back from the beach. Drink often and choose water-containing foods like watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes and bell peppers.

Please note that drinking water cannot be replaced with sweet sodas, tea, and coffee. When exposed to sun, hot and windy weather, our body loses a lot of fluid, so it is necessary to drink water to avoid dehydration and heat stroke.

2. Always have your first-aid kit

You never know what can happen near the water, so it is extremely important to put a first-aid kit in the beach bag, especially if you are going together with the children. Not to mention you might be able to help people who have neglected this rule. There is no need to take many different medicines, though it would be useful to have some wipes, painkillers, ammonia, and peroxide. Medicines to treat diarrhea and abdominal pain might be helpful in case of food poisoning.

3. Apply sunscreen every 2 hours

Even though summer is over, it doesn’t mean you can forget using sunscreen on the beach. Unfortunately, there are still many people, especially men, who don’t give enough importance to the matter. Use sunscreens with SPF no lower than 30; use higher grade if you have pale and sensitive skin. Don’t forget to renew your sunscreen every two hours in order to reduce the risk of sunburn and melanoma.

4. Don’t overdo with sunbathing

Try to avoid sunbathing the whole day feeling safe because you are using a sunscreen. Remember that increased amounts of solar radiation are dangerous for human health. Thus, you increase the likelihood of skin cancer and many other diseases. Your health is clearly more important than a beautiful tan, isn’t it?

5. Avoid staying in a wet swimming suit

Take a spare swimsuit or some clothes along since moisture can irritate your skin and increase the risk of rashes, thrush and urinary infections.

6. Take control over what you eat

Unhealthy eating habits may easily take over you on the beach. One of the best ways to deal with it – prepare and take produce from home. Wash and cut juicy fruits and vegetables to take along, use a cooler to keep them fresh.

Grapes, berries, peaches, and plums are great options with high antioxidant properties for better skin health. Dried fruits, nuts, popcorn and sunflower seeds may also be convenient to pack in your beach bag.

Avoid bringing fat and oily food from home, stay away from potato chips, sugary drinks and unhealthy snack choices. Making a mid-day meal, opt for something that doesn’t require a fork and a knife. Lean sandwiches with chicken, fish, or ham are one of the handiest options out there.

Note that leaving food in the hot can cause rapid spoilage and successive food poisoning.

7. Get active

Instead of lounging on the beach chair hour after hour, use the opportunity to get your body in shape. Though it might be too cold for swimming, the beach still offers options like walking, joining a volleyball game, doing yoga or other exercises. However, you need to be cautious about where you step. There could be sharp things like sticks, shells, broken glass, and metal lying in the sand. Proper footwear will protect you from injuries caused by both natural and human-made factors.

Knowing the risks present on the beach will also help to avoid them. Encourage your friends and family members to follow safety precautions and always wear sunscreen even if it’s cloudy outside.

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