Heat Is On

This summer has been a tough one as it has been a record-breaking summer of sorts. Maximum daytime temperature recorded in over a few decades, maximum number of people taken ill over a few decades thanks to the heat stroke and maximum number of people talking about the heat on social networking sites all over. There are many ways to beat the heat and stay cool so here are a few tips that would prove to be useful for those who are the adventurous type and like to be out in the heat.

helping you beat the heat
  • For those who exercise and believe in a fit body, you may alter your pattern of outdoor exercise to take advantage of cooler times (early morning or late evening). If you can't change the time of your workout, scale it down by doing fewer minutes, walking instead or running, or decreasing your level of exertion.
  • It is advisable to wear a scarf or a light chunni on your head while venturing out in the sun. It protects your face and head from direct heat.
  • Summers are the only time of the year when you can wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably of a light color as it allows room for breathing and does not stick to your body. The light colour reduces keeps the body temperature cooler as it attracts lesser heat.
  • Cotton, Jute and Linen are clothing fabrics that keep you cooler than many synthetics.
  • Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.
  • Fans can help circulate air and make you feel cooler even in an air-conditioned house.
  • Take frequent baths or showers with cool or lukewarm water.
  • Combat dehydration by drinking plenty of water along with sports drinks or other sources of electrolytes.
  • Some people always carry a small, portable, battery-powered fan. At an outdoor event we can even use a version that attaches to a water bottle that sprays a cooling mist.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as these will promote dehydration.
  • Instead of hot foods, try lighter summer fare including frequent small meals or snacks containing cold fruit or low fat dairy products. As an added benefit, you won't have to cook next to a hot stove.
  • If you don't have air-conditioning, arrange to spend at least parts of the day in a shopping mall, public library, movie theater, or other public space that is cool.

Finally, use common sense. If the heat is intolerable, stay indoors when you can and avoid activities in direct sunlight or on hot asphalt surfaces. Pay special attention to the elderly, infants, and anyone with a chronic illness, as they may dehydrate easily and be more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Don't forget that pets also need protection from dehydration and heat-related illnesses too.

keep calm and beat the heat