Tips on staying sun safe this summer

SUNSAFE: Dalby woman Ashleigh Griffiths protecting herself from the sun while outdoors.
SUNSAFE: Dalby woman Ashleigh Griffiths protecting herself from the sun while outdoors. Michael Doyle

EXERCISING outdoors is still being encouraged but the Cancer Council is reminding residents of the dangers of not being protected from the sun.

Summer is notorious for being a dangerous time of year, especially if the proper precautions are not taken when being outdoors.

CEO of Cancer Council Queensland Chris McMillan has given some top tips on being safe while in the sun over the summer months.

"While Queenslanders need to exercise regularly to stay healthy, they should take certain precautions when exercising in the hotter months and be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness,” Ms McMillan said.

"At least one-third of all cancer cases can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices so it's important that as a community we strive to achieve a better quality of life and maintain healthy habits to prevent cancer where possible.”

Ms McMillan gave these tips to staying safe and healthy:

Acclimatise to the heat. Start with short, low-intensity workouts and increase them gradually over two weeks or more.

Ensure you keep up your water intake during the day.

Wear a hat and water resistant sunscreen

Do not train in the hottest times of the day - 10am-3pm

Have something to train for. Come up with a performance related goal or sign up to a fun run this summer.

Training in the pool. If swimming isn't for you, head for an aqua-jog.

Change your routine.

Topics:  cancer council of queensland exercise outdoors sun safe

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