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3 Tips for Surviving the Summer Heat

By Genevieve Cunningham

It's starting to get really hot out there. The summer brings a lot of fun to our lives -- beach days, outings with friends, late night cookouts. But it also brings the heat, and it brings it in a big way! Even in warm climates, there's something about the summer heat that just seems stronger and more intense. If we want to stay safe and healthy, it's important to be prepared for the incoming wave of heat. But how? If you need to get ready for the summer heat, take a look at these tips to keep you safe. 

Time Things Well

The coolest times of the day are the early morning and the night. Though we can't always time things to fit into this particular schedule, we can certainly do our best. If you have to be out and about, try to do it before or after the heat of the day. During the hottest parts, just stay indoors or in a cooler atmosphere. When the temperatures lower a bit, you can adjust your routine to your liking again.

Dress Appropriately

When it's hot out, dress like it. This includes wearing fewer articles of clothing, wearing clothes that are breathable, and covering yourself with sunscreen and layers to protect you from the sun. If you overdress in the summer, it can make you feel many degrees hotter and can even contribute to heat stroke. Make sure your summer attire is ready to go, and you'll be more comfortable through the season.

Don't Hide From It

The heat is harder to take if you go from a really cold air conditioned environment to 90-degree weather without any prep time in between. Before it gets to the hottest part of the summer, get your body acclimated. Send a few hours outside every day or every week. Let your body adjust slowly to the rising temps. You don't have to live in it, but you should get comfortable. This will be less of a shock to the system and keep you healthier and more comfortable long-term.

If you live in Florida, then you already understand the nature of summer and the heat. But it's never a bad idea to refresh your memory and to practice good habits. Use these tips to get ready for the warmth. With a little preparation, you can improve your health and make your summer more safe and fun than ever before.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Boynton Beach, Fla.

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