July is here, and that means a big holiday is just a couple days away! Independence Day is a key part of many people’s summer plans. But while a 4th of July weekend can be a great time to recharge and enjoy your favorite summer activities, it also has the potential to be a rather unhealthy holiday. It doesn’t have to be, though! Here are five easy ways to avoid some of the biggest holiday weekend health pitfalls:
Get moving! One of the worst things we can do during a holiday is sit still. The latest health research has shown that being sedentary has many, many negative effects on our health. Rather than spend another weekend sitting and increasing your chances of developing one of the illnesses tied to sitting, make it a goal to get up and get moving. Whether you spend a day exploring a nearby park or you turn your Netflix binge into a workout session, adding some activity to your weekend can make your weekend healthier overall – as long as you stay adequately hydrated, of course!
Use sunscreen. Don’t forget to protect your skin during your holiday! If you have any upcoming plans that involve being outside, sunscreen is a must – yes, even in Pittsburgh! Experts have found that 80% of UV radiation still reaches the Earth’s surface through cloud cover. So if you spend any time outdoors and under the sunny – or cloud-filled – skies this weekend, be sure to use and correctly apply plenty of sunscreen! Your skin will thank you for years to come.Read More