Disclosure: This post is sponsored by SmartBuyGlasses.ca.
I love reading outside. Lunch breaks, vacations, weekend explorations – these are all wonderful times to sit outside and read a few pages. And, since we’re still buried in snow here in Alberta (and absolutely frigid temperatures), I’m dreaming of warmer weather and sunny reading spots.
Speaking of sunny reading spots, the sun can be both lovely and brutal. As I sit here dreaming of summer and sunshine, I got to thinking about how to make sitting outside with a book both comfortable and a little safer for your body.
Here are 5 tips to make reading outside more enjoyable:
1. Find yourself a comfy seat with back support.
While a picnic blanket in a field of wildflowers may look picturesque, it ain’t very comfortable and definitely isn’t good for your back or neck. The key to getting lost in your book is a good seat. A park bench will do, a nice lounger on a sunny patio or by the beach is ideal. Heck, even a lawn chair in the grass can be quite comfortable and give your back and neck the support they need.
2. Lather on that sunscreen.
I have fair skin that loves to turn as red as a lobster after only a few minutes in the sunshine. Now imagine how red and sunburned my neck and shoulders become when I try to sit out on a sunny day and read for half an hour. Feeling my skin bake not only makes it hard to focus on my book, it’s also dangerous. Sunburns can be very harmful for your skin and your health in general. Sunscreen is so important for protecting your skin from the harmful rays. So find a brand that you like, lather it on and protect yourself when you sit outside to enjoy a story in the sunshine.
3. Sit that comfy seat in some shade.
Even better than just using sunscreen, pop your seat in some shade! While this whole post is about reading outside that doesn’t mean you need to be in direct sunlight to enjoy it. Consider sitting in shade so you can enjoy that sun without getting roasted. A bit of shade – be it a tree or a canopy – will keep you from getting overheated. Don’t forget to still use your sunscreen though. Even in the shade, the sun’s rays can still burn your skin. I know this seems counterintuitive, and a lot of folks like to read in the sun to get a tan, but you’ll be much more comfortable and be able to read for longer if you sit in the shade and enjoy the sunshine with a slight barrier protecting you from the full on heat and rays.
4. Pop on some cute sunglasses.
The sun can be tough on your skin AND tough on your eyes. Bright sunlight can reflect or glare off the page of your book and make it difficult to focus on the words on the page. So pop some cute sunglasses on your face and not only will your eyes be protected from harmful rays, you’ll be able to read a lot easier.
I got these cute sunglasses from SmartBuyGlasses.ca and I love them so much (thanks for sending them to me!). They are really lightweight and came with a lovely case so they’ll be protected in my tote bag with my books. If you wear prescription glasses, you can get prescription sunglasses at SmartBuyGlasses.ca too! Protect your eyes, friends, and you’ll be able to read those books for longer.
5. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Reading may not seem like an activity that will make you thirsty, but sitting in the sunshine definitely will. Along with the risk of sunburns and eye damage, sunshine can also be very dehydrating. I know a lot of you like to read with a glass of wine but if you’re sitting outside on a warm sunny day, make sure you’re drinking lots of water too. (Stay tuned for my upcoming blog post about tasty infused water recipes to try!) Sip a glass of cool water while you read outside and you’ll be able to enjoy that story for longer. (Feel free to use this as an excuse to go buy a super cute water bottle so you can bring water with you everywhere.)
So there you have it friends, a few tips for making your reading outside more enjoyable and healthier. By following these tips, you’ll be more comfortable – both in posture and in temperature level – and you won’t get a painful sunburn, and will avoid eyestrain and dehydration.
Now, I’m going to go back to staring out my window at my patio, dreaming of warm, sunny days without all this snow.