July 30, 2013 // Category: Fitness Advisor

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With August right around the corner, kids are playing longer and harder to get the most out of what’s left of their summer. So how can you make sure they’re staying safe in the heat without slowing down the fun? Do a quick safety check with these “beat the heat” tips.  

Break out the sunscreen. Be sun smart and make sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more to your kids, reapplying every two hours. You’ll want to do this around 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow it to absorb into the skin and decrease the likelihood of it getting washed off. And if they do go swimming, make sure to reapply after they’re done—even if the sunscreen is waterproof. Don’t think you’re covered by the shade on  a cloudy day, either. You can still end up getting burned due to those harmful UV rays. 

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July 19, 2013 // Category: Fitness Advisor

Dewpoints-running_200x280.jpgOn those hot, miserable days when you just want to hit the outdoors for a run, what is it exactly that makes it so miserable? Is it the heat? The humidity?

Actually, it turns out that it’s neither. What’s really making those runs so exhausting is something you might overlook during your daily weather check: the dew point.

Kate O'Leary
 

July 16, 2013 // Category: Fitness Advisor

7.16.13_Easy_Ways_to_Stay_Hydrated_186x200.jpgAs summer gets into full swing, it’s more important than ever to keep an eye on your hydration. Without it, your body can’t produce the sweat it needs to regulate your core body temperature during workouts.  This can lead to dehydration, leaving you dealing with dizziness, muscle cramps, headaches and even heat stroke.

So to avoid the side effects of dehydration, here are some worthwhile water-drinking tips to beat the summer heat: 

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