Don't Let the Heat Get You Down

By Virginia Laird

As August rapidly approaches, the weather gets increasingly hot. At times it can be unbearable. While the heat can put a damper on your plans, it does not have to shut them down. There are many things you can do to plan ahead for the summer heat. Health and wellness experts advise that dealing with the heat is about being prepared. A few tips these experts suggest for beating the heat include:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Dress appropriately
  • Avoid the heat of the day

Drink Plenty of Water

Staying hydrated is the first line of defense in beating the summer heat. Research suggests that you should drink at least half of your body weight in ounces daily in an effort to stay properly hydrated. For some this can prove to be a challenge. Those who prefer juice or soda to water may struggle to drink enough water, which can lead to heat-related illnesses. If you are one who finds it difficult to drink enough water, consider finding a flavored water or a sports drink. Whatever you do, make sure you drink plenty.

Dress Appropriately

Dressing in the right clothes can help you tolerate the heat. For many this means not layering, wearing shorts, skirts, and other clothing that may be cooler than pants and long sleeves. However, health and wellness experts suggest this also includes the materials you wear. Some allow the body to breathe easier. Research suggests when spending time outside to make sure you are wearing clothes that allow your body to cool itself without a struggle.

Avoid the Heat of the Day

While you may be planning a trip to the zoo, park, or other fun outdoor activity, it is best to consider what you will be doing during the heat of the day, when it's hottest. Health and wellness experts suggest this to be the best time to sneak indoors to get out of the heat. If you are planning an activity that requires you to be outside all day, it may be wise to identify your shady spots. No matter what your plan is, make sure you have a plan for the heat of the day that allows you to get a break from the brutal heat.

Now you are ready to begin enjoying outdoors while taking the necessary steps to beat the heat this summer.

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