Spring is around the corner or here already. The start of spring may mean that you spend more time outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather and the trees and flowers in bloom. You may take a walk outside or work in the garden. Here are some tips for doing activities outside safely:
- Support your feet: Wear non-skid, rubber-soled, low-heeled shoes, or lace-up shoes with non-skid soles that fully support your feet.
- Protect your skin: Some sun can be good for you, but to keep your skin healthy, be careful. Use sunscreen of an SPF of 15 or higher. It’s best to choose sunscreens with “broad spectrum” on the label. Put sunscreen on 15-30 minutes before you go outside. Sunscreen should be reapplied about every 2 hours.
- Protect your eyes: Wear sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of the sun’s rays.
- Walk carefully: Watch for uneven sidewalks, curbs, and litter or other objects that may obstruct your path and cause you to fall.
- Stay hydrated: Physical activity and warmer temperatures increase your body’s need for fluids. Try to aim to drink 8 cups of fluids per day.
Age Page of the NIH: http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/falls-and-fractures
Age Page of the NIH: http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/skin-care-and-aging
Kenny Louie, Colors of Spring, 2009. Flickr.com. Web. 1. Mar. 2014.