Staying Cool this Summer with Ways to Beat the Heat

1818With the summer weather in full force it isn’t fun to stay indoors all day. Who doesn’t love going on a picnic or a summer bike ride in the middle of a warm summer day? All of us! However with the sun shining bright, the temperature rises and the heat can become uncomfortable.

Dehydration and exposure to high temperatures for long periods of time can be quite dangerous and cause heat exhaustion. With the right precautions you will be able to treat heat exhaustion before it turns into heat stroke. Stay happy and healthy this summer and beat the heat with a few of our tips!

Drink Water

One of the easiest and most obvious ways to beat the heat this summer is to stay hydrated. Many people forget to drink lots of water throughout the day, which can be very dangerous. Tossing and turning at night can be a sign that you have not had enough water to drink throughout the day. Try getting a portable water cup that you can bring with you every day to work or to the gym.

Find Shade

Whenever possible try to stay in a shaded area while you are outside. Being inside a home with air conditioning is very nice, however not always likely. Working in the garden, being at the beach or going to a friends for a backyard barbeque can put you at risk for sun exposure all day. Use a canopy or bring an umbrella if you know you will be outside for long periods of time.

Dress Cool

Wearing light colours and breathable fabrics can make your summer days a bit more enjoyable. Showing up to a work meeting with a line of sweat on your upper brow isn’t professional. Try wearing cotton and linen clothing to avoid sweating. You can also spice up your regular hair style by putting it up, to cool off the back of your neck.

Exercise Smart

When the temperature is high, you need to be extra careful about when and how intense your workouts are. Start taking advantage of the cooler times of the day, like early morning or late evening. Mid-afternoon sports game can be dangerous for you and your children. Know your limits and stop whenever you exhibit signs of heat exhaustion. Remember to drink lots of water and take breaks while exercising in the heat.

We look forward to the warm summer months and enjoy our time spent in the sunshine.  No matter how much you enjoy the heat, it is essential to stay protected from a heat related illness. Let us know in the comments what tips you can give readers to stay cool in the summer.

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