Five reminders for your Fourth of July …
One … Stay hydrated. Watermelon is 92 percent water and, as a bonus, includes nutrients, essential rehydration minerals, and electrolytes. Studies have found that watermelon is far more hydrating than just plain water. And, watermelon is yum (which you really can’t say about water). (Well, you could say that about water, but you probably wouldn’t mean it.)
So Very, Very Yum.
Two … Wear sunscreen. I know, I know … you’ve heard this a million times. But, also, try to avoid popular brands that include toxic chemicals in their mish-mash, and, especially those that include oxybenzone. And, avoid SPFs rated over 50 which are more highly concentrated with chemicals, but don’t offer much added protection.
If you can, go for a natural sunscreen. For a list of sunscreens that meet the “safe” criteria set by the Environmental Working Group click here. And, the Organic Authority site has additional info on several good options here.
Three … Ditch the Boom-Boom-Boom. I hate to mess with holiday fun, but fireworks are incredibly traumatizing to horses, pets, and a squootload of wildlife life (and by “squootload” I mean ALL wildlife).
There are many wonderful ways to celebrate the 4th of July without panicking all the animals in your neighborhood.
Eating watermelon, for example. Hydrating and safe for wildlife. Or, baseball. The Charlottesville Tom Sox play at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday and the game is free. (And, yes, there will be post-game fireworks. But, at least it’s in a controlled environment.)
All things Tom-Sox can be found here.
Four … Yoga. There will be no Yoga classes at Peaceful Hands on Monday, July 3, allowing you extra time to stop at the grocery store for watermelon and safe, natural sunscreen.
And, Five … YogaPaloozaX. Our 10th annual YogaPalooza summer session begins on Wednesday, July 5!
Have a safe & happy holiday and I hope to see you and your mat in YogaPaloozaville this summer!