Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have served our country, and paid the ultimate price. It is also a time to gather with friends and family and enjoy a barbeque, or watch the tradition that is the Indy 500. According to the calendar, Memorial Day is actually a Spring holiday, but most people consider it the start of the summer season.
Whatever you do this weekend, be sure to protect yourself if you are out in the sun. People with Parkinson’s have a higher risk of skin cancer and therefore should be vigilant about applying (and reapplying) sunscreen throughout the day. If you are trying to soak up just a little bit of sun (10 to 15 minutes a day) to increase your Vitamin D levels, limit your exposure to the morning hours before 10:00 AM or the late afternoon hours after 4:00 PM.
The longer days and warmer temperatures are also a great opportunity to sneak in a little extra exercise. Take a walk in the park or along the beach and deeply breathe in the fresh air. Ride your bike around the neighborhood. Have a water-jogging race with your grandchildren.
Stay safe and active this weekend. Kick summer off the right way!