What’s Your Summer Health IQ? (Quiz)

Test your summer savvy and get the facts about hot-weather health
dangers and common misconceptions.


TRUE OR FALSE: Flip flops are bad for your feet.

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Answer: True. As good as flips flops are for showing off your pedicure, they’re pretty crappy when it comes to stuff like arch support and shock absorption. And a summer of that can lead to pinched nerves, strained arches, and hammertoe growth (not to be confused with Hammertime). We hereby give you our permission to go shoe shopping—pick out a pair of strappy wedges (under 3 inches high) now; avoid scary hobbit feet later.


How often should you reapply sunscreen?
A. Every 1-2 hours
B. Every 2-4 hours
C. Every 4-6 hours
D. When you start feeling like you’re a little bit on fire

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Answer: B, reapply sunscreen every 2-4 hours. This is a good way to get a nice shoulder rub from your significant other or a touchy-feely stranger every 2-4 hours as well.


Which of these are symptoms of dehydration?
A. Nausea
B. Headache
C. Confusion
D. Delirium

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Answer: Trick question—it’s all of ‘em! Nausea, headache, confusion, and delirium are all signs you might be dehydrated, so make sure you’re paying attention to your body.


TRUE OR FALSE: Not sweating during your summer workout is a sign that you’ve evolved into a superhero and under-active sweat glands are your weird superpower.

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Answer: False. If you’re not sweating while you’re working out, especially outside, it’s likely because you’re dehydrated. Keep hydrated with a 50-50 mix of Gatorade and water while you’re exercising outside.


TRUE OR FALSE: A sunburn will fade into a tan.

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Answer: False. A sunburn is just that—a burn. If you want a tan sans the horrifying skin damage, there are self-tanners conveniently located in the sunscreen aisle of your local drugstore. Plus, if you get professionally spray-tanned, you can ask them to paint on some sweet abs, and then you’ve got the whole beach body thing covered, too. Two birds with one stone.


How much sunscreen should you use per application?
A. The equivalent of a shot glass
B. The equivalent of a venti coffee cup
C. However much calls to you in the moment
D. Enough to spell out your name on your body using sunscreen

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Answer: A, the equivalent of a shot glass of sunscreen will be enough to cover your body. Which is great, because we like to keep an emergency shot glass in our beach bag anyway.


TRUE OR FALSE: You should have eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day to stay hydrated.

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Answer: Believe it or not, this one’s false. Contrary to popular belief, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies says that women should consume 91 ounces of water a day, and men need 125 ounces.


What kind of sunscreen should you be using for the best protection?
A. UVB protection
B. UVA protection
C. Broad spectrum protection
D. It’s best to just wrap your body in a giant muumuu and call it a day

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Answer: C, broad spectrum protection is your best bet—it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburn, and UVA rays penetrate deep into your skin. Both will make your face look like an old leather purse if you don’t protect yourself with broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.


TRUE OR FALSE: You don’t need as much sunscreen on cloudy days.

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Answer: False. Up to 80% of the sun’s rays make their way through the clouds, so you’re mistaken if you think that the cloud that looks like Elvis is protecting you.


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Past Member 6 months ago


Dale Overall

Interesting, am aware of most of these. And for when the summer ends and the snow flies, when skiing, the sun reflects more off of snow and one can get a burn unless using sunscreen while out on the slopes or doing cross country skiing!

Margaret M.
Margaret M. F.3 years ago

Interesting, thank-you for the post. I have problems with the question concerning daily water consumption. Most believe what they hear, drink 8 - 8 oz. glasses of water/day. Folks, that is not necessarily so. Maybe yes when you are sweating a lot & thus loosing water from your body that way. Otherwise, no. One way you can tell when your body is adequately hydrated is by the color of your urine. When urine is yellow enough to slightly change the color of the water in the toilet bowl then your body is being adequately hydrated. No change means there is too much water in your body. Dark amber colored means you are behind in your fluid intake & are dehydrated. I'm sharing this information with you from personal & professional experience.
I too don't understand why each question or slide has to have its own page. 2 or 3 Pages would have been more that sufficient. I thank-you for reading this.

Sam M.
Sam E M.3 years ago

I got fed-up clicking to the next page. Stopped at Q6.

aj E.
aj E.3 years ago

gee, another article on this website claimed you don't have to drink any water at all & you can get enough fluid through foods.

Katja S.
Katja S.3 years ago

I can't stand flipflops anyway. I don't get how other people like them so much. They rub my feet raw, feel uncomfortable and I can't get them to stay on my feet. I go barefoot most of the time anyway, unless it's cold.
I don't want a tan, I don't find being massively tanned (or huge muscles) attractive and I can't tan anyway, I burn if I wear anything lower than factor 30.

Ernie Miller
william Miller3 years ago

I am a bare foot person so I dont care about flip flops. give me mud between my toes anyday.

Kristen Swanson
Kristen Swanson3 years ago


Joe R.
Joe R.3 years ago

Damn, I'm smart!

Mary E.
Mary E.3 years ago