9 Tips to Enjoy a Safe & Healthy Summer

With the longer days and warm nights, summer is the perfect time to indulge in outdoor activities and soak up some sun. As great as the weather can be, Aussie summers are also known for their hazards. That’s why it’s important to keep to mindful practices and avoid any summer-related health risks.

Sun Smart Strategies

Australia is renowned for its intense sun, making sun protection a top priority.

1. Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, and Slide

Perhaps you remember being taught to ‘slip, slop, slap’ as a kid. Nowadays, kids are also taught to ‘seek, and slide’ as well, to enhance their UV-resistance.

These five simple actions are the foundation of sun safety in Australia. Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade, and slide on sunglasses. This catchy slogan serves as a reminder to take proactive measures against harmful UV rays, reducing the risk of sunburn and long-term skin damage.

2. Sunscreen: Your Summer Essential

Invest in a high SPF sunscreen and apply it generously, especially when spending extended periods outdoors. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if swimming or sweating. Remember to cover all exposed areas, including often neglected spots like the ears and the back of the neck.


Hydration Habits

With soaring temperatures, staying hydrated is crucial for overall well-being.

3. Water, Water Everywhere

Keep a water bottle handy at all times and aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Dehydration can sneak up on you, leading to fatigue, headaches, and dizziness. If you’re engaging in physical activities, increase your water intake accordingly to replenish lost fluids.

4. Cool and Refreshing Treats

Include hydrating foods in your diet, such as watermelon, cucumber, and berries. These not only provide essential nutrients but also contribute to your overall fluid intake. Consider making refreshing smoothies or indulging in a juicy slice of watermelon to beat the heat.

Outdoor Exercise Safeguards


Exercising outdoors is invigorating and great for your health, but precautions are necessary during warmer months.

5. Choose the Right Time

Opt for early morning or late afternoon for outdoor exercises to avoid the scorching midday sun. This minimizes the risk of heat-related illnesses, such as heatstroke. Check the weather forecast, and if temperatures are soaring, consider indoor workouts instead.

6. Dress Appropriately

Wear lightweight, breathable clothing to stay cool during physical activities. Additionally, don’t forget your sun protection measures, including sunscreen and a hat. Choosing the right attire can make a significant difference in your comfort and well-being.

Safety by the Water

If you love hitting up the pool or beach during the summer, make sure you’re taking precautions!

7. Swim in Designated Areas

Always swim in areas patrolled by lifeguards. Pay attention to safety signs and flags, and never underestimate the power of the ocean. If you’re not a confident swimmer, consider wearing a life jacket for added safety.

8. Stay Sun Smart in the Water

Water reflects sunlight, intensifying your exposure to UV rays.  Apply waterproof sunscreen all over your body, and zinc under your eyes and on your nose before entering the water and reapply as needed. Wearing a rash vest or swim shirt provides an extra layer of protection against the sun’s rays.

By incorporating these tips into your summer routine, you can revel in the beauty of the Australian summer while safeguarding your health.

9. Wear the Right Swimwear

The colour of your swimwear effects how easy you are to spot in the water. If you need help, a lifeguard is much more likely to spot and locate you if you are wearing bright, warm colours such as red, yellow, orange and pink. Swimwear in cooler colours like greens, blues and purples make you more difficult to identify under the water.

From sun protection strategies to staying hydrated and practicing safety by the water, these habits will ensure that your summer memories are filled with joy and well-being. Cheers to a safe and healthy Australian summer!

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