Festival Fever: Top tips for surviving the Summer …
- use the highest possible SPF rated sun cream and remember to reapply;
- use a sunhat with a wide brim;
- wear loose comfortable clothing, layering where possible for added protection and warmth;
- drink plenty of water;
- take a cool box to store perishable food;
- take your own toilet paper/sanitising wipes/gel – although, water and soap are always the best way to clean your hands;
- wear comfortable, closed toe shoes;
- be prepared for all weather in the British summer – rain and sun;
- pace yourself – particularly with alcohol – avoid dehydration and intoxication – alternate alcohol with soft drinks;
- find out where the first aid/medical tent is situated;
- take time to sleep;
- carry a torch or flashlight to use when it is dark.
It is also important to be fully aware of the other types of dangers sometimes present at music festivals and other types of Summer events. So, here are a few tips on knowing the dangers of illegal drugs:
- MDMA: also known as ecstasy, can cause the body to overheat – even more of a risk in hot weather and where there are levels of physical activity such as dancing. Dangerous side effects could include dehydration, low blood pressure, dizziness and loss of consciousness. Sometime users will over compensate by drinking too much water, causing sodium levels to drop which can be equally dangerous;
- Cocaine: often used to maintain high energy levels. It is a stimulant and like ecstasy can cause dehydration. It is toxic to the heart, can cause spasm in the arteries of otherwise healthy young people and has also been linked to heart attacks;
- Other dangers: never take pills/substances/drinks/tablets from people you do not know.
But, the most important thing by far this Summer, is that you have fun, make memories and enjoy the experiences.
Taking the strain: How to cope with repetitive strain injury (RSI)
You may have heard the words Repetitive strain injury or RSI for short, but what is it really? What are the signs to look out for, and how can you learn to cope with this type of health disorder once you have it?
RSI is a general term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse. It is also known as work-related upper limb disorder (WRULD),
or non-specific upper limb pain.
But what causes RSI? What types of people suffer from the condition? How can I prevent RSI developing, and what can be done to manage it if I am diagnosed with RSI?
Tulips from Amsterdam anyone?
Next time …
Friday, 15th September, 10am – Road Bike