Summer is upon us and it is getting warmer each day. Summer can be a nice time for enjoying the outdoors, family and the nice weather. While summer has it’s perks, it can also be dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken to ensure safety and hydration while enjoying.
Excessive heat forces your body to work harder than usual, which can result in a heat related illness. Your body works each day to maintain a normal temperature and during hot days, the heat forces your body to work past its limits. Often senior citizens experience heat exhaustion which can be dangerous and even result in death.
Mostly, heat related sicknesses are a result of prolonged exposure to the sun which includes sunburn, heat exhaustion, dehydration and even heat stroke. There are many ways to stave off these illnesses and you will be surprised at how easy and simple they are to do. Here are some of the most common and easiest ways to stay safe from the summer heat
This is the easiest way to stay cool and comfortable and is often ignored. Drinking plenty of water during the hot months of summer is a good way to stay hydrated and safe while enjoying the outdoors. The warm temperatures can dehydrate you quickly, so it is very important to have plenty of fluids available to drink so that you can keep your body hydrated and prevent dehydration from disrupting your fun summer day regardless
of whether you are indoors or outside.
Limit High Energy Activity and Exercise!
Strenuous activities can overload your body in hot temperatures as your body is already working hard enough dealing with the heat to begin with. If you exercise regularly, it is good practice to try it during the early morning or late evenings when temperatures are typically cooler. It is also
important to take regular breaks when possible if you have to work outdoors in the summer heat. If at all possible try to plan physical activity and limit exposure to the heat during the hottest time of the day.
Protect Your Skin!
It is very important to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. Sunscreen is a necessity when you know you’ll be outside for a prolonged period of the time during the day. Sunscreen is easy to apply and can save you a lot of discomfort later. Wearing a hat is a great way to lessen sun exposure to the face and neck as these are two spots that are very vulnerable to contact with the sun.
Take Frequent Breaks!
It is beneficial to take frequent breaks when spending time out in the hot sun to allow for your body time to recuperate from strenuous activity and hot temperatures. Doing something as simple as taking a break under a shade tree, can cool your body and restock your energy level. Use a fan or air-conditioner to cool your living area.
Check On Friends and Family!
The stress of heat can be especially hard on the elderly and young children. Make sure that you regularly check in with and check on your family, neighbors and friends. So many times, heat related issues can arise before you have a chance to ask for help. These are some essential tips that you can use to keep yourself and others healthy and happy and enjoying with whiles of the beloved season of summer! Here’s to wishing you a safe and fun filled summer season!