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Trying to Beat the Heat Can Be a Beating

By Tom Herrin

For the most part, people look forward to warmer weather.  It is a time when they can get outdoors and become involved in more physical activity.  The downside of it is that too many people tend to be poorly prepared and overestimate their ability to deal with the hot temperatures.  The results are often disastrous when people fail to recognize their own lack of proper preparation.  It can quickly be too much and cause an individual to go over the edge before it can be recognized that heat is overcoming them.  A little advance planning can help to avoid the perils that loom so near in these excessively high temperatures.

Plan To Drink

When thinking about heat, drinking means only one thing and that is water.  Most people do not recognize their lack of water until it has begun to get beyond the point of no return.  This can get serious in a hurry.  Drinking water should begin before going outdoors and continue frequently during any activity.  Other liquids can seldom come close to doing the same job as water.  Alcohol can be deadly.  Sodas are unable to supply the needed fluids.  Sports drinks can be a good addition but should not be used to replace water.

Avoid Excessive Direct Sunlight

With a little advanced planning, people can participate in many of their activities while it is cooler either early morning or late afternoon.  Consideration should be given as to what type of local conditions exist.  Drier climates will provide much more comfortable temperatures with low humidity once the direct sunlight is past.  In more humid climates, this may not happen until as late as after midnight, sometimes.  Finding shaded areas with some airflow can be a pretty good option for many of those activities.  The mistake made too often is when people who are unaccustomed to heat decide to participate in something in too much direct sunlight or high temperatures.

The Right Attire Is Essential

Using good judgment for clothing is essential.  Clothing that is lightweight, light colored, and loose fitting can allow more airflow and less attraction of heat.  A good hat should be one that has enough of a brim that it provides some shade for the face and upper body, as well as allowing air circulation throughout the hat.  Sunshades and sunscreen can help to make a finished product in the right dress.  Preparing for the heat can make the experience pleasant and allow people to participate safely and without unnecessary risks.  If you want to enjoy the hot weather, do it, but be sure to plan ahead for a successful experience.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lone Tree, CO.

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