The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many. Warm weather, barbecues with family and friends and plenty of fireworks are just a few reasons to love this July day. But like any celebration, especially one that takes place in the damaging heat of summer, we should be conscious of how we take care of ourselves during the festivities.
At Dynamic Health and Pain Management, we want our patients to enjoy their holiday and stay safe and healthy. Read on for tips to have a fun Fourth of July without putting your health on the line.
Tips for a Happy, Safe and Healthy Summer Holiday
Pack your earplugs as you head out for the day’s festivities. A Loyola University Health System report says that loud sounds like fireworks, loud music performances, and marching bands can damage your hearing, and fireworks look just as pretty on mute.
Go bunless on your burger and choose from the healthier side options like a green salad and watermelon. Of course, you may want to indulge a little bit to celebrate, but a small indulgence can be paired with a day full of healthier choices for minimal damage.
Load up on sunscreen and reapply every 2 hours to protect from overexposure and sunburn. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen for your furry friends, too, and apply every 3 to 4 hours to their least hair-covered spots.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Keeping H2O nearby in the summer heat is important in general, but for a holiday where you may be consuming alcoholic beverages, it’s a good idea to sip on a water between drinks to avoid dehydration.
Speaking of hydration, keep in mind the 70/70 rule for heat and humidity. That’s 70 degrees and 70 percent humidity. As the temperature and humidity climb north of the magic number, be extra aware of your fluid intake and consider moving the party inside or taking a dip in the cool water.
Spend the Fourth of July at the Skyshow with DHPM
If you’re in Charlotte, NC, for Independence Day, come join us at Skyshow Charlotte. The staff of DHPM will be at BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte for all the festivities. You’ll enjoy the food and fireworks, and we’ll do free screenings for patients at the event. See you there!