Dealing with Summertime Heat

Summer is the most awaited season of the year. Families plan about how to spend their vacations in the most exciting manner. Friends come together for outdoor barbecue parties on patios, or they plan exciting outdoor adventures such as camping, hiking or cycling.

Regardless of what your plans for the summer are, you need to know how to deal with summertime heat. Sunlight, the most prominent feature of the season, brings benefits to the bones and skin but too much of it can lead to dehydration, exhaustion and skin burns. Find out five ways to deal with summertime heat so you can enjoy the most awaited season of the year.

Stay Hydrated

While comes as a given, most people tend to discount the importance of water during summer. In hot and humid climate, it is only natural to sweat a lot. While sweating is the nature’s mechanism to cool off the body, it results in loss of water and essential nutrients. Therefore, it is extremely important to replace the lost body fluid along with meeting the daily water requirement. So don’t forget to refill your glass whether you are in the office, with friends in your yard or at any other outdoor adventure.

Cool Off

If you spend most of your time outdoors, it is important that you take breaks and let your body cool down. Trees provide the best opportunity to cool down. If you do not find yourself near any park or trees on the roadside, you can also walk into a mall or a public library simply to cool yourself off the scorching summertime heat. Staying indoors for some time can help you regain strength so you can continue with your outdoor work comfortably.

Dress Comfortably

While dressing elegantly at work is a necessity, during summers, you can pick lighter colors and fabrics, and loosely fit clothing. Darker shades absorb more sunlight and make it difficult to bear the heat. Also, go for natural fabrics such as cotton as they absorb sweat. Loosely fit clothes allow air to flow and help maintain body temperature during the summertime heat.

Exercise Early or Later During the Day

If an outdoor activity such as walking, cycling or jogging is a must for you, make sure you choose a relatively cooler time of the day to do these exercises. It is recommended that during summers, you either pick up early hours (right after dawn) or go for these activities later during the day (after 6 p.m.) when the outside temperature is relatively cooler.

 

Know Your Body’s Cooling Points

This one is the most important tip for dealing with summer heat especially if you are out on an adventure. Your body’s best cooling points include your wrists, neck, ankles and knees. By placing an ice pack or a few ice cubes wrapped in a towel at these points, you can quickly allow your body to cool down.

Summer is best time to enjoy with friends and family. It is the ideal time to go for outdoor adventures and have the fun you wait for throughout the winter season. But it is important to know how to deal with summertime heat. By knowing these five ways to deal with summertime heat, you can make the most of the most awaited season of the year.

 

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