How to protect yourself from summer heat

November 16, 2016

After cold and brutal winters, people are eager to spend more time outdoors in warmer temperatures. However, once these temperatures peak, people must remember to stay safe in the sun. Heat related health conditions, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion, can become life threatening. Here are five ways to protect yourself from the heat.

Avoid exercising during peak hours

During extremely hot days, exercising early in the morning or later in the evening is ideal. When people perform strict activity during midday hours when the sun is at its hottest, they risk suffering from heat exhaustion and even a heat stroke. If you cannot exercise during morning or night hours, consider finding indoor options. If these options are also not ideal, staying hydrated and setting a good pace can help prevent heat-related complications.

Stay hydrated

Even if you’re not exercising, during hot temperatures, the body is losing a lot of water through sweat. In order to replenish the body, you must remember to stay hydrated. Dehydration mixed with scorching heat can lead to dangerous health situations.

Find shading

Another way to reduce the effects of the beaming sun is through shading. When walking outdoors during peak hours, aim to walk on streets where there’s shading. The kids jungle gyms are for sale this summer. If you’re planning on surprising your kids with one of these, make sure that they always wear a hat when playing. You can also use umbrellas to shield yourself from the sun.

Apply and reapply sunscreen

Even though you might be walking under shade, applying and reapplying sunscreen is important. There might be instances where there’s no shading available. In these situations, protecting the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays can reduce your risk of getting skin cancer. Sunscreen can also delay signs of aging caused by sunlight. Applying sunscreen just once in the morning isn’t enough. If you know in advance that you’ll be in the sun for a prolonged period of time, reapplying sunscreen is vital.

Wear light colours and loose clothing

In order to prevent the body from heating up, wearing light colours and looser fitting clothing can help circulate heat more efficiently. These types of clothing don’t stick to the body, preventing heat from building up.

Stay cool indoors

Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home doesn’t have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library. A few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is high, fans won’t prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

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