Tuesday, June 25, 2013
From Better Homes and Gardens July 2012 page 170. Good reminders for all of us..esp. as we work to become more active, especially outside.
"3 Of The Riskiest Statements You Can Make Right Now:
1) "Why start wearing a bike helmet at my age?" Coasting on good lnck is a bad idea. Head injuries account for 70% of bicycling fatalities, with adults over age 25 making up a growing portion of those deaths, says Tess Benham, a program manager at the National Safety Counsel. Purchase a helmet that fits snugly, covers your forehead and the back of your head, and has straps that don't intrude on your peripheral vision. If your hair is long, a helmet with a ponytail cutout (like the Giro Skyla, $40.00: sporting goods stores ) can help ensure a proper fit.
2) "The sky is cloudy, so I'll leave my sunglasses at home." Even when you can't see the sun, its harmful ultraviolet rays have little trouble finding you. For eyes, that means an increased risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and melanoma, says Dr. Paul T. Finger, an eye cancer specialist in New York City. Slip on UV-blocking shades (in addition to applying sunscreen) whenever you spend time outdoors during daylight hours.
3) "I'll just stay in my swimsuit - it'll dry sooner or later." The problem is that it might not dry soon enough. A damp suit promotes the growth of bacteria and yeast, which can cause infection if they migrate to the urinary or reproductive tract, says Mary Jane Minkin, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine. Pack dry clothes in your beach bag and change as soon as you're done swimming for the day."