Tips for Staying Healthy at the Beach

The sun can be a powerful and sometimes damaging force. Even at low intensities, it can cause skin issues. Sweating in the hot sun for hours isn’t always the best idea either. Check out our article to learn how to easily stay healthy at the beach and on an island.

Wear sunscreen

When you're spending a lot of time at the beach this summer, you need to take extra care in protecting yourself from the sun. UV rays can cause skin cancer and other skin conditions, so even if you're not planning to spend much time on the beach,, it's important to use sunscreen when you are outdoors. The FDA recommends using an SPF of 15 or higher whenever you plan on being outside for more than 20 minutes.

One of the most important things to remember is that sunscreen needs to be applied correctly in order to work properly. In addition to wearing sunscreen every day while you’re on the island,, take a few extra steps to protect yourself:

Wear hats and sunglasses. Hats can help block UV rays from your face while sunglasses help protect your eyes from damage. Wear both, if possible!

Use clothing as protection as well. T-shirts and swimsuits can offer some protection against the sun. You'll want to make sure your clothes are light colored and loose fitting so they don't create shaded areas that might burn hotter than other areas of your body.

Seek shade when possible. The best way to avoid getting burned is to stay out of the sun as much as possible during peak hours (10 a.m.- 4 p.m).

Pack healthy snacks and meals for the beach

It's really hard to avoid fast food when you are traveling, especially if you are on vacation. But if you have snacks packed with you then it will save you from having to eat bad food that is not very good for your body. Don't forget about packing healthy meals too because this will keep your energy levels up throughout the day and night.

Pack your lunch and healthy snacks before going to the beach. Bring fruits, vegetables and juices so that you can have healthy snacks. Avoid Sugary foods like candies, cakes and chocolates. Also, consume lots of water while at the beach. This helps in preventing heat stroke and dehydration.

Planning a picnic on the beach? Make sure you pack enough food for everyone in your group, to avoid unwanted hunger pangs. Remember that not everyone has the same taste in food, which is why it is important to think of different options while preparing a picnic basket

Swim in the ocean, not the tiki drinks

When you are on a beach holiday, it is easy to get carried away and drink too much alcohol. I'm sure we've all done it. Drinking alcohol can dehydrate your body because it gets absorbed into your body quicker and travels through your bloodstream faster than water does. Drinking alcohol will also make you prone to sunburns because it reduces your skin's ability to produce vitamin-D which helps protect against sunburns.

The great thing is that, as long as you are in the right location, you can get back on track with a few key changes to your lifestyle.

Try to keep it to just 1-2 drinks in the sun during the day, ideally in the shade. Save any more drinks for the cooler nights when the sun and heat isn’t a complicating factor.