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.

1)    Protect the largest human organ: Your Skin. Accounting for 15% of your body’s weight and having a surface area of 1.5 – 2.0 square meters, many of us believe that packing a bottle of sunscreen, bought at our local market will suffice. There is more that you can and should do, to protect yourself. 
·       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. 
·       Also look for the ‘Reef Safe’ marking on the bottle.1 Keep our waters clean and they will be there for future generations.
 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. 
·       To replenish your electrolytes pack some oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons and limes.2, Packed in your ice covered cooler, these items will help prevent dehydration.
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. 
·       Be sure to pick-up a retainer strap to keep your glasses from slipping in the water. I can personally attest to having lost more than one pair of polarized sunglasses before buying my retainer strap. 
·       You will pay more for Polarized eye-ware, but it’s a sound investment, that will protect an irreplaceable asset.
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.
·       Always pack and wear a lightweight shirt. There are many to choose from, but only Cool Performance Apparel uses dri wicking material with a Hidden Pocket to place an ice cube from our Personal Cube Cooler, or your onboard cooler. 
·       Not only does this shirt dry much faster and weigh less than a cotton or dry weave material, its Hidden Pocket provides the next best thing to a dip in the lake, river or ocean. Instant cool down, without the dripping wet clothes. 
Stay Cool, Healthy and Environmentally Conscious. 
Tory Reynolds – Avid Outdoorsman and Creator of ‘Cube Cooling Technology’. 
1)      True-natural/All natural sunscreens. 2014
2) articles/nutrition 2014