Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Heat Is On........

It is very important that as the summer approaches and the temperatures rise to the 90's and above, we ensure that our bodies are properly hydrated. As there are those who take special care to prepare their cars, motorcycles, SUV's, vans, etc. for the specific season, we must prioritize - first on the list our health.

How else can we enjoy all of the things we love to do?

Drink a lot of water even if you are not thirsty. We feel thirsty when we are actually depleted so a drink in advance will keep us in good standing. If exercising heavily in hot weather, aim for two to four glasses of water or 16 to 32 ounces every hour. Limit exercise or strenuous physical activity to the coolest part of the day which is early in the morning or late evening. Avoid alcohol, caffeine or lots of sugar as they will cause you to lose more fluid.

Wear loose fitting clothing that's comfortable allowing the material to breathe (cotton) and avoid dark colors as it attracts heat.

If you work or play when it is very hot, be sure that you find a shady area to cool down for a few minutes while you hydrate (drink some water).

Be sure to wear sunscreen at all times (SPF 30+). Use an umbrella, or wear a hat with a brim to keep the sun off the face and head.

Avoid long periods in the sun. Check on the elderly there are cooling centers in many communities. Call 311 to find the nearest center. Stay indoors and keep cool with a fan or keep the air condition on to 78. You can always watch a movie, your favorite TV show or read a book. Above all keep cool and hydrated.

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