5 Tips to Help You Beat the Summer Heat!
Baby, its hot outside! Record-breaking hot to be exact. Here are 5 tips to help you beat the heat this summer:
1. Stay Hydrated, Stay Hydrated, Stay Hydrated.
Its dangerously easy to become dehydrated in extreme heat as your body will sweat out most of the water that you drink. This makes it necessary to drink water ALL day long, even when you don’t feel thirsty. Hint: Try Coconut Water or Gatorade to re-fuel with electrolytes.
2. Protect Yourself From The Suns powerful UV Rays.
UV Index Levels have been very high in Ontario. 8-9 to be exact, which poses a very high sun exposure risk. This means it is even more important than usual to protect yourself from the sun. Consider using a stronger sunscreen than you normally do and remember to re-apply every few hours especially if you’re spending time in the water.
3. Seek Shade When Possible.
Wear a hat, buy an umbrella, or hangout under the trees for the afternoon. We all know Canadians love the heat of the sun since we spend 8 months out of the year in colder weather. Enjoy the sun in MODERATION. Protect yourself from heatstroke and UV rays and spend time in the shade while still enjoying the warm weather!
4. Refrain from exercising and or doing any strenuous outdoor activity.
Your body is working in overdrive in extreme heat therefore it is important to not overload it. Consider completing any necessary strenuous outdoor activity in early mornings and late evenings when the temperature is lower and the sun is not at its peak, or save them for a cooler day. Here is another reminder to stay hydrated while you do so!
5. Take Frequent Breaks Indoors or In Air Conditioning.
Give your body a break in cooler temperatures to regulate and “re-boot” before returning to the heat. Give yourself at least 20 minutes to acclimatize. Hint: Refrain from cranking your A/C on hot days. This will create a negative outcome for not only your electrical bill but will also shock your body going from freezing cold to extreme heat and could make you more susceptible to heat stroke.
Written By Taylor Hall