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The Summer Heat Can Take You By Surprise

By Tom Herrin

As the weather warms and more outdoor time seems appealing, a lot of people yearn to get out there and do something.  If they are looking for more activity, doing it outdoors sounds pretty logical.  A few things happen naturally.  Doing a little work in the yard may be a necessity for those who live in houses.  For others, spending time in a park is a good way to enjoy some outdoor time.  Many choose to engage in various other outdoor pursuits.  Far too many are unprepared for the sudden effect of spending time out in the heat.  As with so many other things, preparation can make all the difference.

Work On Acclimation

It is critical for anyone who intends to spend some time outdoors to begin to get their body adjusted to the warm temperatures.  I’ve seen people suddenly try to spend an hour or more in the heat with little or no prior prep time.  In days past, most people spent some time outdoors or worked in the heat.  This was before air conditioning.  They were generally better prepared because they lived in greater heat.  They knew how to take it a little at a time.  After learning how to evenly break up the routine between work and rest, people knew more about their limits.  The body is not designed to plunge into the heat without warning. 

Everything Works Better With A Plan

A few simple things can help when dealing with hotter weather.  People should begin early spending time outside.  A little exposure each day to the warmth can give the body an opportunity to gradually adjust.  Small increments in heat exposure and physical activity can not only allow that slow adjustment but also serve as a sort of dipsticking to determine how much can be done safely.  The big thing on the list of preparation is drinking water and drinking a lot of it.  Nothing can replace an adequate supply of water.  

Dress For Success

Light color and lightweight clothing are essential.  People should avoid tighter fitting clothes.  Cool hats and sunshades are essential parts of proper dress.  Caps can keep the sun out of the eyes, but straw or similar hats allow more airflow and have wider brims which can protect from direct sunlight.  Sunscreen can help protect the skin.  If you are contemplating spending time out in the sun, plan ahead and build up little by little.  It will pay off in a big way.

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


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