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Summer tips for a healthy heart

12The arrival of spring and summer means days at the pool, family picnics and other outdoor activities. Here are some tips from the American Heart Association to keep your family physically active in the warmer months.

Hydrate! Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity to avoid dehydration. For low-calorie flavor, add slices of your favorite fruits such as melon, oranges, cucumber or mint to a pitcher of water and refrigerate for two hours.
Protect your family from the sun: wear wide-brimmed hats, always apply water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.
Heat safety: avoid intense activities between noon and 3 pm when the sun is at its strongest.
Dress for the heat: wear lightweight, light coloured clothing, breathable fabrics such as cotton, and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Head indoors: when the heat gets unbearable, try indoor activities at your home or club like basketball, swimming and yoga.