Staying Healthy in the Heat
We are only into the second week of April and already experiencing days in the 90’s (F) 30’s (C). It looks like we are going to have a long hot summer this year.
I know you have heard most of this before, but…I want to share a few things about staying healthy and safe during the heat of the summer.
Don’t exercise in the hottest part of the day. Get your run in early in the morning or in the early evening hours.
If you have to be outside, try and find a shady spot, wear a hat, but make sure it’s made of a breathable material that lets heat dissipate.
Eat Light. Lots of fresh fruit and veges. Have sandwiches for dinner. Tuna, egg salad, or lunch meat are all good choices, so you don’t heat up the house. Add a fruit salad or chips and salsa.
Stay hydrated. Drink water or unsweetened ice tea, instead of soda. If you want something with a little flavor, add a wedge of lime or lemon, or squeeze half of an orange in.
If you are going to be spending time in your back yard, these help keep you cool.
This fan can be used indoors or out and has an attached mister that can be hooked up to the hose, when used outdoors. 🙂
Or you can pick up a twist and mist at Wal-Mart for a reasonable price.
Another idea I like are the water gel crystals.
If you sew, you can find craft patterns for them here. They make great headbands and neck coolers. And there is even a pattern for an icy cool pet mat!
And speaking of pets, don’t forget that they get hot too. If they have to be outside, make sure they have shade and a fresh supply of water.
And last but not least, Even if the windows are cracked open and you think you will only be a few minutes Do Not under any circumstances leave your kids or pets in the car. The interior of a car heats up quickly and children, pets, and the elderly are more susceptible to heat stroke and even death from being in a hot car.
Here’s wishing you all a safe, healthy, and happy summer!