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Summer Wellness Tips to Keep You Healthy for All Those Fun Pool Days

As summer rolls around, many people naturally gravitate towards the water for a break from the heat. Whether a trip to the beach or a day out at a swimming pool, going for a swim or playing in the water can be a great source of entertainment and physical activity for the season.


However, it's important not to overlook the importance of health and safety practices while enjoying pool time in the summer. Aside from the usual concerns about playing in pool water, from infection and catching colds to potential drowning, summer also means more sun exposure and heat exposure. As such, proper precautions can help ensure everyone stays safe while enjoying their time in the swimming pool this summer.


Tips to Stay Safe While Swimming


Pool safety is an essential for the summer. Whether you're planning to swim in a public pool or swim at a relative's house, it's important to still practice pool safety to prevent accidents and mishaps.


Set Rules for Pool Guests


Lifesaver hanging on the wall


For pool safety to be properly established, it's important to enforce certain rules, like no running when poolside, as well as looking before jumping into a pool.


Establish clear guidelines, such as no diving in shallow areas and always having an adult supervise children while they swim. Implementing these simple yet effective rules can prevent accidents and ensure a safe and enjoyable time for all pool guests.


Gear Up Before Diving In


Swimmer sweeping swim cap and googles


You also want to ensure you're properly equipped for swimming, depending on your needs and preferences. Some people wear swimming ear plugs, for example, to prevent infection in the outer ear canal. This is because, when water stays in your ear canal for too long, it can allow bacteria to grow and cause problems. This is especially important if the pool water isn't clean enough.


Similarly, you should avoid shaving or waxing before getting into a pool to prevent any skin infection or rashes from unclean water.


Shower Up After Your Swim


Showering after going for a swim


Finally, after swimming, you should change out of that wet swimsuit as soon as possible, as offending bacteria in the water can cause yeast infections, UTIs, and other issues after swimming. It’s best to not wait too long before taking a shower. Always wash with soap and water to prevent any external infections and dry yourself thoroughly afterward.


Tips to Protect Yourself From the Sun


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Even if you won't be spending much time in the water, it's important to protect yourself from the sun.


Grab That Sunscreen


Woman applying sunscreen in the shape of a heart at the beach


It’s always good to apply sunscreen before heading outside, but it's doubly important to do so if you're staying poolside. Wait about 15-30 minutes after applying before getting into the pool to allow the sunscreen enough time to settle onto your skin and not get washed off. If you’re spending long periods of time under the summer sun, sunscreen should be reapplied throughout the day — preferably every two hours.


Put On Those Cool Glasses


Woman wearing heart shaped sunglasses


Aside from sunscreen, you might also want to invest in a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun. You can opt for simple designs like the Ray-Ban Aviators or go all-out for stylish options from fashion brands like Burberry or Versace. Typically, the larger the lens of your sunglasses, the more protected your eyes and surrounding areas will be.


Seek Out Some Shade


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When the sun is blazing, finding some shade can make all the difference for a comfortable day by the pool. Invest in a stylish poolside umbrella or add a shade to your seat to ensure you have all-day lounging protection. If you decide to step out from under the umbrella, consider putting on a wide-brimmed hat to keep cool and protected.


Tips for Healthy Habits During Pool Season


Aside from pool safety and sun protection, practicing these poolside habits can also ensure a healthy summer for everyone.


Enjoy Hydrating Foods


Watermelons piled together for a hydrating snack


Experts recommend staying hydrated when swimming for long periods. Keeping a water bottle on hand is ideal, but there are also many other ways you can stay hydrated while at the pool or hanging out poolside.


Some of the best foods for hydration include watermelons and other melons. Watermelons are made up of about 92% water and have antioxidants and important nutrients, so having some slices poolside can help keep you rejuvenated on a hot swimming day. Strawberries are made up of about 91% water, making them another tasty fruit option to quench your thirst while satisfying your sweet tooth.You can also pack fruit smoothies.


Sit Comfortably All Day Long


Women sitting on Autograph Chairs on the pool ledge


Sitting in the pool, especially with a good pool chair for back pain, can be very relaxing, but it’s still important to maintain your posture.  Avoid slouching when chilling by the pool, such as while reading, to avoid added strain on your neck. You can also take breaks from poolside lounging by hopping in the pool, as swimming is shown to help alleviate back pain and enhance flexibility.


Enjoy Your Time by the Pool In Style This Season


Pool Scene with lounge chairs, barstools, and a daybed


As you embrace the joys of summer and all the fun pool days ahead, remember that a little preparation can go a long way in keeping you healthy and safe. By following these wellness tips, you can enjoy your time by the water without any worries.


Beyond safety and health, the right pool furniture can also elevate your experience, offering comfort and style that enhance every moment. Gear up, stay hydrated, and protect yourself from the sun to make the most of your poolside adventures. With the perfect setup, you can create lasting memories with friends and family.


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About the Author


Regina Jaina is a freelance writer interested in lifestyle and housekeeping pieces. When she’s not researching and drafting her next piece, you can find Regina experimenting with cooking, baking, and decorating at home.

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