Enjoy Without Negative Effects of that Carolina Summer Sun
Looking for some summer fun? At Lake Norman and the Cornelius area you’ll find a multitude of outdoor activities to help you stay active and social as you live your best life.
Lake Norman is North Carolina’s largest man-made lake and features more than 520 miles of shoreline, along with islands you can reach by boat. If you love water sports, you’ll find an array of options here, including kayaking, sailing, paddle-boarding and paddle-board yoga. To enjoy the natural scenery at a less-challenging pace, consider taking a chartered cruise or renting a jet ski for the day.
When you’re ready for some stimulating outdoor activities away from the water, you can take advantage of the many attractions the Lake Norman area has to offer. In Uptown Charlotte — just 20 miles away — you’ll have access to a walkable, urban area that’s home to a variety of shopping, dining, cultural and entertainment venues. In Davidson, Huntersville, Cornelius and other surrounding towns, you’ll also find ample opportunities for outdoor activities, including farmers’ markets, festivals, outdoor movies and more.
Staying safe in the summer heat
Engaging in physical activities outdoors comes with a variety of potential health benefits, including reducing your blood pressure and risk of heart attack, boosting your memory, and helping keep your bones strong. But spending time in the heat also can pose some risks, including hyperthermia — or unusually high body temperature — and bites from mosquitoes and ticks.
As you get outside this summer for some exercise and socializing, what steps should you take to keep yourself comfortable and safe?
- Drink plenty of fluids. The CDC notes that people over 65 may have a higher risk of developing health problems related to the heat. When you head outside this summer — especially if you’ll be engaging in physically strenuous activities — be sure to drink sufficient fluids. Consider checking with your doctor to make sure you can safely spend time outdoors and to determine the right fluid level for you.
- Protect yourself from pests. Mosquitoes can pose a nuisance just about anywhere in the summer, and ticks can become a problem in wooded areas and tall grasses. To protect yourself from bites, consider using a repellent that contains DEET, which makes it difficult for biting insects to pick up your scent. You can find products with DEET in a variety of formulations, including lotions, sprays and roll-ons.
- Guard your skin and eyes. Before embarking on your summer adventures, take time to choose the right clothing. Light fabrics — such as linen — and light colors work best. In addition to keeping you cool, light-colored clothing may help you spot ticks and other pests. In addition, consider slathering on some sunscreen and taking along sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays.
- Know the signs of hyperthermia. Get to a cool, shaded spot as quickly as possible — and seek medical attention — if your skin feels dry or flushed, if you feel nauseous or develop a headache, if you feel faint or confused, or if your pulse becomes rapid.
With a few simple precautions, you can stay safe and healthy in the warm weather. So why not grab your gear and head out to Lake Norman for some summer fun? While you’re in town, we’d love to introduce you to Cornelius Woods, our 55+ active adult retirement community. To learn more, please contact us today.