Men’s Summer Health

Summertime is filled with fun, but all of that time spent outside in the sun and the water can be hazardous if it is not dealt with properly. Daughters, while you’re enjoying the outdoors with your dad and family this summer, encourage him to practice healthy and safe habits while still enjoying family time.

Daughters encourage your dad to stay healthy and safe this summer, and fathers, follow these tips for a healthy and safe summer.

Protect yourself from the sun (Source)

Sun protection is important all year-round, but especially in the summer when you’re outside working on the lawn, on the boat, or at the pool. Follow these tips to prevent heat-related illnesses, skin cancer, and other conditions:

  • Cover up exposed skin with a hat or clothing.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Wear sunscreen with a protection of SPF 15 or higher. Don’t forget to reapply.

Water safety (Source)

In 2006, males were three times more likely than females to die from drowning in the United States. The use of alcohol is a contributing factor to half of adolescent and adult deaths associated with water activities. Follow these tips to reduce your risk of water related accidents:

  • Never swim alone
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages while operating a boat or spending time in the water.
  • Watch your children in and around the water.

Be safe in everything you do (Source)

Summertime is filled with activities that can be dangerous if not practiced properly like boating, biking, climbing, and more. Follow these tips for outdoor fun:

  • Never drive a car or a boat under the influence.
  • Wear a helmet and bright, noticeable clothing while biking.
  • Double check that your climbing gear is secure.

Eat healthy (Source)

Hot dogs, hamburgers, and chips are summer’s favorite food, but make sure to include fruits, vegetables, vitamins and minerals in your diet throughout the summer too. To prevent chronic diseases follow these tips to eat healthy this summer:

  • Eat fruits and vegetables daily.
  • Cook meat properly and until it is done.
  • Eat smaller portions.

Be physically active (Source)

Yard work can be a dreaded task, but it is one of the many activities that are done during the summer that provides exercise and keeps you active. Follow these tips to reduce your risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more:

  • Adults should get 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity daily.
  • Develop an exercise routine. This can include yard work, walking around the neighborhood, or swimming laps.
  • Know your limits; don’t overdo exercise.

Armune BioScience thanks contributing writer Emily Garber for her insights on the importance of supporting men’s health.