When the weather gets warm, everyone wants to be outside. Whether you are outside for your job or for fun, you may want to learn a few tips on how you can help beat the summer heat.
1. Wear clothes that are light colored and made of light fabrics. Dark colors absorb heat. Just by wearing darker colors, you could be raising your temperature several degrees before you even begin any activity. Choose lightweight fabrics that can breathe. Cotton is a great choice, as are synthetic breathable items like fitness wear that wick moisture away from the body.
2. Stay Protected from the Sun – Wearing sunscreen should be a part of your daily routine but during summer months when the sun is even closer, it’s a must. Sunscreen will protect you from harmful ultraviolet rays. A waterproof formula with at least an SPF 30 should keep you protected whether you’re on land or in the water.
3. Plan activities accordingly. – Try to avoid going outside when the sun is at it’s highest point. Instead plan to enjoy the outdoors in the early morning, later afternoon, or in the evening once the sun has gone down.
4. Drink, drink, drink – If you’re thirsty, you’re already getting dehydrated. When the weather is warm you should always have water close at hand. The less fluid you have the higher your risk for contracting a heat-related illness. Not only is this unpleasant it can be deadly.
5. Use your air conditioning– One myth people believe is that running the air conditioning in a car uses up a lot of gas. In reality, having the windows down for ventilation creates a drag that causes your car to use more gas than if the windows were up. An added bonus – the air from the air conditioner is actually cold instead of a warm breeze from the windows.
6. Cool Down – When you come in from an outdoor activity, take a shower or a dip in the bath using cold to tepid water. It can help quickly lower your body temperature, and be a welcome relief when you have been working hard outside.
7. Eating – Who wants a heavy stomach when the temperatures are high? No one! Stick to nutrient dense, light foods like sandwiches, fruits, and vegetables. Decrease your salt intake and avoid sugars. This is good advice for any time of year but especially during summer.
What other ways do you cool down in summer?