Summer is here, and that means weekends laying poolside or catching sunrays at the beach. And while there are some benefits to getting some sun in your life, there are precautions you should take to avoid getting too much of it, which will make you dehydrated or sunburned. With temperatures consistently at 100 degrees or more, we thought we would share some easy tips to help you beat the heat and stay cool this summer:
- Stay hydrated – Let water become your best friend this summer! Sodas and sugary beverages might sound refreshing, but, along with alcohol or caffeine, usually cause dehydration – which comes on much more quickly in the hot summer months. Instead, drink plenty of water and liquids with electrolytes, especially if you’re outdoors and active. These will replenish your body, allowing you to enjoy each day longer without feeling weak or tired!
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothes – This allows your body’s natural heat to escape. Tight-fitting clothes and dark-colored clothes trap in heat, increasing your body’s natural temperature. Cotton is a breathable fabric, and it will keep you cooler than synthetic materials like nylon or polyester, which, like dark or tight clothing, trap in body heat.
- Get shady – You’ve been anticipating warmth and sun for the first part of June gloom, but like everything else, moderation is key. Stay out of the direct sunlight as much as you can, or wear a hat to cover your face, neck and ears. And don’t forget to slather on the sunblock to your face and any other part of your body that is exposed to the sun.
- Eat cool treats – Eat cold and light foods like fruit, salad, yogurt, and sunflower seeds (which are also a natural sunblock!). Not only are these fruits and veggies full of essential vitamins and minerals, but many of them are in-season and can be purchased for a lower price.
- Don’t sweat it – When in the summer heat, try to take it easy. No need to have an extra rigorous workout in the sun – wait until the weather cools and sun sets, or workout indoors. Not to mention, working in the ever-present sun will tire you out more quickly.
Not staying cool in the heat can turn your summer into bummer very quickly if you’re not careful! So follow these tips and be prepared for a safe and fun summertime.