Warmer Weather Leaves No Excuse to Stay Indoors
Opinions matter. onger days and ample sunshine signal the arrival of summer, and there's no better season to be outside and be active.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee encourages you, along with your family and friends, to take advantage of the warm weather by being physically active in your community. The U.S. Surgeon General recommends Americans of all ages take part in moderately-intensive physical activity each day, such as a brisk 30-minute walk or a 15-minute run. Yet there are no rules binding you to traditional forms of exercise.
Sports such as hiking, biking and swimming are great outdoor activities ideal for summer-like weather. Unconventional types of exercise may include backyard games with the kids or an aerobics class at your local recreation center. Even gardening or yard work can increase your heart rate and burn calories.
Walking is one of the simplest forms of exercise conducive to the summer season, and BlueCross can help you stay on track. BlueCross WalkingWorks® is an easy-to-follow program that helps you start and maintain a regular walking routine online. WalkingWorks provides tips for building and reaching your walking goals. For more information and a list of scheduled walking events, visit www.bcbst.com/learn/walkingworks.
Remember the power of the sun
Without proper protection, the sun's rays can be harmful. Make sure you and your family take the proper steps for staying safe in the sun this summer:
- Limit the time your family spends in direct sunlight. The sun's rays are hottest from around
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Use a waterproof sunscreen of at least SPF 15 on all uncovered skin. Reapply often, and make sure you're not using expired sunscreen
- Wear protective clothing when possible. Sunglasses and hats shade the face and protect eyes
from UV rays
- Take the same precautions on cloudy days. A majority of the sun's rays penetrate cloud cover, so don't be fooled by overcast weather.