Stay Cool, Healthy and Environmentally Conscious
Living in the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesotans have designed their warm weather lifestyles to include quality time on the whole slew of lakes and streams in our wonderful state.
Wherever you call home, many people share my enthusiasm of the great outdoors by boating, kayaking, canoeing, jet skiing and sailing. Just as long as we’re outside, breathing in the unmistakable sensation of being on water.
With these outdoor adventures comes a checklist of safety and health concerns, for ourselves and our families. Numerous articles have been written about how to best enjoy being on the water. My top 4 health and safety tips, take into account the ability to swim and abide by the state laws where you reside, regarding boating. So let’s learn how to optimize our time on the water.
· Make sure the package is a broad spectrum sunscreen (one that blocks both UV and UVB rays) and is at least SPF 30. You can now find lotions that provide the same protection, but are pure, chemical free sunscreens that are safe for you and the environment.
2) Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids. Being on and in the water, it’s easy to forget you need to consume it as well. · When you are active and out in the sun (or clouds) all day, drink lots of water and avoid carbonated drinks.
3) Protect your eyes. Polarized lenses in eyewear first became popular with fisherman and boaters, to deter the suns glare from the surface of the water. When boating you want polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
4) Keep cool and protect your upper body. When we are out on the water, there are many instances where we can’t just jump in for a quick cool down.
Tory Reynolds – Avid Outdoorsman and Creator of ‘Cube Cooling Technology’.
1) True-natural/All natural sunscreens. divermag.com/the-truth-about-sunscreens-and-coral-reefs/ 2014