5 Keys to Safe Swimming Success

5 Keys to Safe Swimming Success

Before you spend too much time in the pool, make sure to read our 5 keys to safe swimming success. These tips are going to sound a little scary, so I apologize for that; however, it is better to be scared by information that will help you, rather than a scary situation where you are not prepared—am I right? Having said that, here are ways to have a successful swim. Avoid undesignated or unauthorized swim areas. If there isn’t a lifeguard present (or a responsible adult), don’t swim. Pay attention to weather & warning signs. If there is a sign that says, “No Diving”—Don’t dive; A sign that says, “No Running”—Don’t run; “No Swimming”—Don’t swim! I think you get the point. Also, watch for bad weather. Lightening can strike anywhere. Protect your skin. Apply SPF 15 or higher before going out and reapply every couple of hours while outside. Avoid drugs or alcohol. Obviously, drugs and alcohol impair judgment and rational decision-making ability. Do not add these factors into your swimming habits.  The two together will increase the risk of having an accident. Learn how to swim. This is a given, right? But for those who never plan on getting in deep water—they may not even think about it. Knowing the basics of swimming, such as floating on your back, is instrumental to safe swimming. It’s more educational than scary really, but it pays to know ahead of time. Find out more about swim safety in your area. Have fun and play it safe while in and around water!...
Tips to Preventing Skin Cancer

Tips to Preventing Skin Cancer

More sun and increased time spent outdoors can mean more risks for skin cancer. May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, so there is no better time to cover tips for preventing skin cancer. Who doesn’t love a bright, sunny day? I’m sure there is a scientific reason why we feel better and happier when the sun is shining and there is not a cloud in the sky. However, while the sun seems to be good for our minds and spirit, it can also be a danger to our bodies if we’re not careful. Here are some tips to play it safe while enjoying the sun-filled days: If you are planning to be outdoors, always apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to going out—even on cloudy days. It is recommended to use sunscreen which has a sun protective factor (SPF) of at least 30. Reapply water or sweat-proof sunscreen every 2 hours if sweating or swimming. Cover up. Wearing protective clothing, hat and sunglasses will provide an extra layer of protection between UV rays and your skin. Don’t burn. It is reported that a Melanoma risk significantly increase after sunburns. Seek shade. If you are not able to limit time outdoors between 10 am and 3 pm, stay in shaded areas if possible. Between those times is when the UV rays are strongest. Don’t use tanning beds. If you’re looking for a golden glow, check out a sunless, self-tan spray. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 419,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. are linked to indoor tanning and the risk for skin cancer is...
How to Help the Older Generation

How to Help the Older Generation

When it comes to our roots and how we got to a particular moment in time, we have no choice but to look back at the previous generation. They laid the ground work (literally) and established everything we have leading up to now. If there were people who were entitled to anything, it would be our elders. They are deserving of our respect. Here’s how to help the older generation by simply investing in them the way that many of them have invested in us. Not to be a “Debbie Downer,” but no matter how much we want to wish it away, we are all gradually going to lose some abilities as we age. It’s just a fact that the aging process slows us down cognitively and physically; however, our desire to be needed, significant and loved never leaves. So even though someone may not be able to do all they used to do or at the same level as in their younger years, it doesn’t mean they should be forgotten. Not only do we have a lot we can learn from our wiser citizens, but they could use extra time and a hand when offered. While not all seniors have limitations, many are not able (or interested due to decrease in energy level) to get out on a daily basis as they used to. If they are unable to get out and they live alone, the isolation and lack of social interaction is not a healthy situation for them. We are social beings and all need brain stimulation and conversation—yes, even the introverts. So, here’s some ideas to...
9 Ways to Stay Mentally Alert and Focused

9 Ways to Stay Mentally Alert and Focused

We all have too much to do and not enough time to do it. It’s important to remember that in the hustle and bustle of our busy days, we need to keep our minds focused and alert. Here are ways to stay mentally alert and focused so we are able to handle everything we need to throughout the week: Sleep. Sleep plays a significant role in the production of our lives. Without it, we aren’t able to function well. Eating Healthy. Healthy eating is good for our bodies as a whole. Not only do we feel better physically, we have a better perception of ourselves on a psychological level. It is also said that there are certain foods that actually improve our brain function. These “brain” foods include blueberries, caffeine and fish. Here’s a list according to WebMD. With exercise, we feel better and our mood and emotions are enhanced. Daily Quiet Time. No distractions. No noise or notifications. Just you in deep thought, focusing all your energy on one thing—whatever that may be to you. Social Activity. We need social exchange. Card games, charades and checkers are examples of mental stimulation with others. Mental Challenges. Sudoku, crossword puzzles, word games—these require flexing the mind muscles. Vitamin B12. One of the tests generally conducted by neurologists to determine cause for memory loss is for a B12 deficiency. Low B12 can cause less than optimal brain function. As long as you’re eating fish and chicken, you should be getting enough B12 naturally. For vegetarians, try a fortified breakfast cereal. Listening to music can do a multitude of things, depending on...