Stay Cool this Summer!
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 4:07 PM
After a long, cold winter, we are all looking foward to spending some much needed time outdoors and enjoying the warmer weather that summer brings! However, with that comes the possibilities of danger, as the summertime heat can become brutal. Keeping cool during summer isn't just for comfort but also for your wellness.
Extreme heat can lead to very high body temperatures, brain and organ damage, and even death. People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to compensate and cool themselves properly. Extreme heat affects everyone. Elderly, chlidren, the poor or homeless, persons who work or exercise outdoors, and those with chronic medical conditions are most at risk.
Follow these tips below to stay cool this summer:
1. Alter your pattern of outdoor exercise to take advantage of cooler times like early morning or late evening. If you can't change the time of your workout, scale down by doing fewer minutes, walking instead of running, or decreasing your level of exertion.
2. Wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably white or of a light color.
3. Cotton clothing will keep you cooler than many synthetics.
4. Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.
5. Fans can help circulate air and make you feel cooler even in an air-conditioned house.
6. Try storing lotions or cosmetic toners in the refrigerator to use on hot, overtired feet.
7. Keep plastic bottles of water in the freezer; grab one when you're ready to go outside. As the ice melts, you'll have a supply of cold water with you.
8. Take frequent baths or showers in cool or tepid water.
9. Combat dehydration by drinking plenty of water along with sports drinks or other sources of electrolytes.
10. Some people swear by small, portable, battery-powered fans. You may even find a version that attaches to a water bottle for spraying a cool mist.
11. If you're wearing a cap or a hat, remove it and pour a bit of ice cold water into the hat, then quickly invert it and place it on your head.
12. Avoid caffiene and alcohol as these will increase dehydration.
13. Instead of hot foods, try lighter summer fare including frequent small meals or snacks containing cold fruit or low fat dairy products. As an added benefit, you won't have to cook next to a hot stove.
14. If you don't have air-conditioning, arrange to spend the hotest part of the day at a shopping mall, public library, movie theatre, or other public space that is cool. Many cities now have cooling centers that are open to the public on hot days.
15. Finally, use common sense. If the heat is intolerable, stay indoors or in the shade and avoid activities in direct sunlight or hot asphalt surfaces. Pay special attention to the elderly, infants and anyone with a chronic illness that you know, as they may dehydrate easily and be more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Don't forget that pets also need protection from dehydration and heat-related illnesses, as well.