Keeping cool during heat 16/12/2014




Keeping cool in warm weather is a multiple challenge. There are lots of simple and effective ways to stay cool in warm weather and most of them are very affordable.

There are risks of getting too hot in warm weather. These include dehydration, and a variety of heat-related illnesses, including stress, heat cramps, exhaustion, or even heat stroke.

Keeping your body cool will also help to keep your mood calm too, for heat often changes feelings of stress, tension and frustration.

 

Other ways you can keep cool during the heat period include:

Stay hydrated. Water is essential to keep you cool during hot weather. It keeps your body cool and should be drunk even if you don't feel thirsty. It's okay to also drink commercial waters (such as Vitamin Water) or sports drinks such as Lucozade boost or Lucozade sports but they're usually not necessary unless you're deliberately replenishing lost vitamins/electrolytes after a sporting activity.

 


Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink: Drink plenty of water before engaging in any activities. If you wait too late, you could experience cramps, which are a sign of heat-related illness.

Remind yourself to drink water frequently with one of the following options.

Purchase a durable water bottle or water pack that you can tote everywhere and refill at any safe water tap.

Freeze a bottle of water to carry around with you.

 

Choose cotton: Opting for lightweight or cotton dress/shirt is the best option when it's scorching outside.

Avoid dark colours as these are more likely to reflect the sun's radiation.

Keep your feet cool: There are plenty of pulse points around the feet and ankles, so dunking your feet into an ice bucket can help decrease your temperature.

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