The Fourth of July is upon us and Summer has officially arrived in San Diego. It is expected to be a warm and sunny weekend, so make sure you are prepared!
People with Parkinson’s are particularly prone to skin cancers. If you will be outside at all this weekend, especially between the hours of 10 and 4, make sure you are wearing sunscreen with at least an SPF15 and that protects against UVA and UVB rays! Not sure if you have enough on? The average person should use about one shot glass of sunscreen to fully cover themselves. If you’re going to be in and out of the water, or just outside for a while, remember to reapply sunscreen often!
If you will be hanging out at the pool, use the opportunity to get some exercise. Walking or jogging in the water provides a great cardiovascular and strength workout and there is no possibility of falls. Have running races with friends and family members with a frozen fruit bar as the prize for the race winner.
Partaking in a barbeque? Balance your plate with sidedishes of fruit or vegetables instead of all potato salad and chips. And don’t forget to take you Parkinson’s medications as scheduled!
Finally, while enjoying the sun and time with family and friends, drink plenty of water. Keeping well hydrated and keep you feeling at your best, keeping you more alert. Aim for at least 6 glasses of water per day - more if you are spending lots of time in the sun or exercising. Water is the cheapest and easiest thing to do to stay healthy.
Have a very Happy 4th of July!