Summer Shaping Fun

Beaches, amusement/ water parks, family vacations, back yard barbecues, outdoor exercise classes, mommy get-a-ways…Yes, honey! Summer is here!

Summer time brings about various memories and good times with family and friends. To ensure that you enjoy it to the fullest, I’d like to discuss a few health maintenance topics.


Fun in the sun!

  • Who doesn’t want to be outside enjoying the summer breeze and sunlight? Prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to hideous sunburns and tans. You know, the ones that make wearing that beautiful prom, wedding or summer dress almost impossible? It can also lead to wrinkled or early aging of skin, skin cancer and cataracts of the eyes. Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself:
    • Wear sun screen, SPF 15 or higher
    • Wear hats to cover your face, ears and neck
    • Get in the shade in the midday hours
    • Wear clothing that protects your skin if you are planning to work outside for a long time


Get your exercise on, girl!

  • Sometimes this is hard while on vacation. Here are a few ideas for exercise when you’re not in your normal environment:
    • Find a local park- While the children play, walk or run the path around the park
    • Look for free outdoor classes in the community- Many communities are sponsoring activities to help their citizens be healthy.
    • Go hiking or mountain climbing- You’ll get a full body workout and have an opportunity to capture some breathtaking photos!
    • Go boating- Moving those paddles are bound to get your upper body muscles toned!
    • Go skating with the children- You already know this will get those legs and buttocks muscles “on fleek!”
    • Find a local gym and get a 1-week visitor pass.

Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink! Water, that is- Yes, you must stay hydrated!

  • You’d be surprised how many people we see in the emergency department because they are dehydrated or worse. Here are a few tips to save yourself the time and money:
    • Your body is made of 70-80% water, which gets released when you void, sneeze, speak, sweat, etc. To replace the water lost, drink at least 6- 8 ounce glasses of water per day. If you’re dehydrated, you’ll need much more than that.
    • Drink Gatorade or Powerade to replenish your water intake.
    • Decrease the amount of soda, sweet tea and sugary drinks. These will dehydrate you.


Practice safety!

  • It’s fun to go riding with your girls in your drop top, or windows down for most of us, with your hair flowin’ and make up poppin’, but please remember to buckle up!
  • Know your surroundings. Criminals are looking for victims who are “off their square” or are clueless of their surroundings because they are talking on their phones or texting.
  • Label your emergency contacts in your phone “ICE,” This is short for, In Case of E This way, your emergency contacts can be called if you are unable to call them yourself.
  • No texting and driving! Use hands free methods of communication while driving.
  • If you’ve had a little too much to drink, call a cab or friend for a ride home.


Well, that’s it for now! I pray that you all enjoy the blazin’ summer and make new memories for a lifetime!

Dr. Jay