Yard Work in the Heat: 3 Tips You Need

By Virginia Laird

Summertime is when the most yardwork actually is required. While you're outdoors accomplishing the much needed mowing and landscaping, you may find it to be a little bit hot. It is during the summer that you must be prepared to find ways to beat the heat. The summer heat can often be brutal and can lead to heat-related illnesses that often can send you to the hospital. Health and wellness experts have put together a list of tips that can help you prevent heat-related illnesses from taking over your body while working outdoors. A few of these tips include:

  • Take breaks often
  • Stay hydrated
  • Never work alone

Take Breaks Often

While working outdoors it is imperative to take breaks often. Health and wellness experts advise that taking breaks at least every 20 minutes can be what it takes for you to last while doing your work. Although it is nice to get outside and get the work done quickly, it is not what is best when trying to prevent heat stroke and other heat illnesses. A great place for you to take your break is either to step indoors or find a shady area in the yard. During these breaks it is best to take a drink and get off your feet.

Stay Hydrated

Hydration is always an important part of maintaining good health. However, during the summer while spending time outdoors, it is even more vital to stay hydrated. Health and wellness experts advise that you should drink a minimum of half your body weight in ounces daily. This can help you to maintain proper hydration. If you are one who does not prefer water, it might be a good idea to find a flavored water or sports beverage to help you stay hydrated. Keep in mind that when trying to remain properly hydrated, soda is not the best option.

Never Work Alone

When doing major yard work in the summer heat, it is best to invite a buddy to join you. Working with a buddy can help you stay on track. Another great benefit of having a friend join you is that both of you can look out for each other. This includes watching for signs of heat-related illnesses and reminding each other to stay hydrate. You can also get done in half the time, theoretically.

Before you begin your yard work this summer, be sure you are prepared to adhere to these tips. Now get out there and get your yard looking beautiful!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Surprise, Ariz.

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