Beauty August 2, 2016

Staying Cool in the Heat

Woman sitting in a field

It’s that time of year when the temperatures are consistently high throughout a lot of the United States and it’s hard to stay cool a lot of times.  Especially if you’re trying to enjoy the warmer weather before it gets colder, you probably want to spend as much time outside as you can before you can’t hang out outside too much.  We did a little search to discover some of the best ways to stay cool in the heat because we wanted to know and figured you did too!

Cover Your Skin
Not only is covering your skin important for sun protection on your skin, but it’s also a really great way to stay cool in the heat.  Normally we feel like if we wear LESS clothing it will help us feel cooler but it’s actually not the truth.  When our skin is exposed to the sun we feel and get hotter, while if we actually cover our skin from being exposed to the sun it’s more like being in shade and helps us stay much cooler than the other way around.  In addition to covering your skin, wearing light colored clothing is also a great help to staying cool.  Darker colors tend to almost absorb the sun and heat, while lighter colors just feel lighter and don’t do the same thing.  Opt for lighter color clothes and clothes that are lighter weight.

Avoid the Hottest Times of the Day
The sun is at its strongest during the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, with that being said it’s advised to stay indoors or at least in the shade as much as possible during those hours.  Since the sun is at its peak then, your chances of getting over heated are much greater.  Be safe and plan activities that are taking place outdoors around those hours as much as you can to try to avoid any problems that may be related to the heat.

Woman holding a bottle of water

Drink Up!
One of the most important factors to staying cool and hydrated in the heat is drinking a TON of fluids.  Even if you don’t ‘feel’ like you’re thirsty or need to drink, keep drinking fluids to stay hydrated.  Keeping your body hydrated is really a huge factor in staying cool and not falling into heat-related illnesses.  Even if you drink a lot of fluids normally, drink more when it’s really hot outside.  Most importantly, don’t wait just until you’re thirsty before you drink water.  Often times if you only drink water when you’re thirsty you’re already on the verge of dehydration.

If you’re spending any amount of time in the heat, it’s really important to make sure you’re planning accordingly.  Stay safe and don’t push yourself too much to do physical activities, that are often where people get into trouble with their health.  Follow the suggested tips above and plan your days as much as you can according to taking care of yourself in the heat.

What do you find helps you stay cool in the heat?

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