Change is in the air! With Labor Day marking the unofficial transition from summer to fall, let’s tap into the positive energy of transformation! New friends, exciting learning opportunities, and fall colors are in the cards. The cooler fall weather presents the perfect chance for you and your loved ones to reap the health benefits of exercise from outdoor activities like camping, hiking, cycling, soccer, football, running, and more. Whether you plan to hit the trails, roads, or turf, make sure you are well informed with the most personalized and trusted health information from some of the best doctors you can find: the Medical Experts on HealthTap. Let’s check in with them now and find out what they say about the healthiest ways to enjoy the outdoors this Labor Day weekend and beyond.
Besides the positive physical and stress-relieving benefits of exercise and fresh air, walking in nature allows us to connect with something much larger than ourselves. On our little treks we can open to the entire web of life, realizing that we are part of it, and can impact it. We can quiet ourselves, which allows us space to perceive with compassion — rather than react automatically.- Dr. Pamela Pappas
Bandaids. If you have new shoes break them in before you go. Wear god thick socks, have good fitting shoes that do not have heel slippage and put bandaids on the heels or places you get blisters before you get them. It prevents the friction that causes the blister. - Dr. Cornelia Franz
DEET= gold standard of repellents. Use microencapsulated formulation. Max effective at 30%. Lasts about 5 hours. Higher concentrations last longer but not better. 10% lasts about 2 hours. If mosquito burden is high add permethrin to clothes. For aftercare use dab of pramoxine. If many, use spot of 1% hydrocortisone for itching. If very many I use 10 mg loratadine each day in addition. - Dr. Dan Fisher
Most basic first aid kits have ointment, bandages, gauze, ibuprofen, scissors, tape, instant cold pack, instant heat pack, alcohol rub. You can of course personalize the kit for any medical ailments that you have such as asthma inhaler, epinephrine pen for bee stings, etc.- Dr. James Chen
Depends upon your food choices. If it’s a full meal then 1 or 2 hours to avoid gut distress. Digestion causes increase in blood flow to your stomach from your muscles. This would cause cramps if you exercise too intensely, thus the stay out of the water after lunch! However, many can eat a light meal, exercise then a small recovery meal. For me, PB&J preceding a morning run works great.- Dr. Judy Orton
After exercising, you should probably just drink fluids. Wait one hour before consuming any food, so that the body has a chance to calm down and assimilate the food you eat. The trick is to eat properly so that when you exercise, you burn fat and make muscle!- Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
Traditionally, Vitamin D has important role in bone health but is increasingly recognized as a hormone with role in various body systems including skin, immunity, etc…. Sun exposure is an easy, reliable way for most people to get vitamin D. Exposure of the hands, face, arms, and legs to sunlight two to three times a week for about one-fourth of the time it would take to develop a mild sunburn will cause the skin to produce enough vitamin D. The necessary exposure time varies with age, skin type, season, time of day, etc. Still, vitamin D deficiency is very common.- Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
Our HealthTap doctors are giving you full license to have a blast outside. So take a break and enjoy the sunshine and all the outdoors has to offer. Call your new friends and go for a nice walk, or pull that bike and helmet out of the garage and discover parts of your neighborhood that you never knew were just around the corner. Wherever you go and whenever you have your own health questions, the doctors on HealthTap are here to help. Until then, live healthy and have fun!