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Failing to Plan for the Heat Can Be Devastating

By Tom Herrin

A lot of times people can hardly wait to get out in the outdoors once the weather has turned really warm.  It reminds many of their childhood days when they were much more capable of running, playing, and simply experiencing whatever is out there.  The problem is that too many people spend much of their time indoors where it is climate controlled.  They hardly ever deal with any elements.  This means they may be ill-prepared for the heat generated by the sun.  It can be overwhelming and devastating.  When people go out unprepared, the consequences can be serious.  Some advance planning as the season begins to arrive can mean the difference between health and illness.

Water Is A Key To Success

Drinking plenty of water is not only a good idea but also the basis for a safe and healthy outing.  In higher temperatures, water can be lost at a higher rate than realized.  Replacing it is critical for good health.  There is no real substitute for water.  Alcohol is a definite taboo in the heat.  Sports drinks can be a great supplement, but they should be considered just that.  They are no substitute for water.  It should be consumed at regular intervals and started early.

Avoid Direct Sun At The Right Times

The midday sun can wreak havoc on people.  Being in the sun in early morning and later afternoon can provide plenty of opportunities.  Seeking shade in the middle of the day can be a real life saver.  Whether it is shade trees, open buildings, or other good shades with adequate ventilation, they should be sought for a safer experience.

Clothing Is More Important Than Some Realize

Just like for any other occasion, dressing correctly in the hotter temperatures is important.  Clothing should be lightweight, light colored, and fit loosely.  This allows better circulation of air.  It is also important to wear sunshades, sunscreen, and a hat with a brim all the way around.  This offers protection for the skin and eyes.  Adequate protection should be the goal of any kind of planning for this kind of heat.  Without good planning, the consequences can be serious.  With a good plan, your outdoor experience can be a good one, and your health and safety can be protected.  Start planning now for an enjoyable summer.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Newnan, Ga.


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