In our part of the world, we are no strangers to heat and humidity. It is most important to take the sun and its toll on our bodies seriously. Here are just a few tips to keep cool (literally) when the heat is on.
Tip 1: Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate some more
When it is scorching out, thirst is not always the best indicator of your body’s hydration needs. In fact, if you wait until you are thirsty before you drink water, you may be well beyond the time when you need to replenish fluids. Make sure you drink something — water is your best bet — every 15 to 20 minutes. Try to start consuming water even before your day gets underway to make sure you begin fully hydrated. The best way to make sure you are never short of fluids is to keep a water bottle with you and refill it throughout the day.
Tip 2: Go easy on the caffeine
Many of us love the morning boost that a good cup of coffee provides, but when a heat wave is on, go easy on the caffeine. In excess, caffeine can be a factor in dehydration. Don’t forget that energy drinks usually have a healthy dose of it as well, so even if you think you need a lift from one to get through a tough afternoon, try to avoid it when you’re trying to beat the heat.
Tip 3: Dress for success
When the sun is especially punishing, it is critical to keep yourself protected from its rays. That means wear cool, loose-fitting clothing in light-colored fabrics that breathe will help your body maintain a healthy temperature. If you can wear a hat while outside, do it. While it is tempting to wear less clothing when the temperatures are soaring, leaving skin exposed to the sun will not help keep you cool but can lead to painful sunburns.
Tip 4: Layer on sunscreen
You want to make sure you protect your skin from the sun. Even if you are properly dressed for the conditions, it is impossible not to have some skin exposed. Make sure you apply a sunscreen with a 30 SPF or higher. Sunscreen is not a “one and done” kind of thing. Sweat can wash away sunscreen or at least reduce the amount of protection it provides, so keep reapplying. Pay careful attention to the most burn-prone areas, which are your nose, your ears, and the back of your neck. Whether you are just chilling out at the beach or working hard in the hot sun, it pays to be diligent. Setting an alarm on your phone is helpful because sometimes we are too focused on the fun or job at hand to keep track.
Tip 5: Take cover
Being hydrated, appropriately dressed, and covering your body in sunscreen can only do so much. It is a good idea to take any opportunity to stay indoors during the hottest part of the day. Take breaks in the shade or move outdoor activities like exercise or your kid’s activities to early evenings when the sun has gone down.
At Central Fence, we care about more than just your fencing needs. We care about our customers. Since we have been locally owned and operated for more than 50 years, our customers are also our friends and neighbors. We hope these tips will help your family (and pets) stay safe this summer!