26 Jun Top Tips to Stay Cool
Summer has officially arrived which means that we need to make sure we’re keeping cool, staying hydrated and are overall keeping healthy and fit. We all love a bit of warm weather every once in a while but sometimes it can just feel too hot. With that in mind, here’s our top tips for keeping cool in the warm weather…
Stay shady: Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler. Use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed – metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter. Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool. Usually, you’ll find that the upstairs rooms tend to be warmer so ensure that they’re getting plenty of ventilation, especially on an evening.
Avoid the heat: Stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm, the hottest part of the day, if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat. Heat exhaustion can be very dangerous and has a myriad of symptoms including headache, dizziness, a temperature and cramping of the muscles in your arms, legs and stomach. If you want to sit out in the garden, that’s fine; just make sure you sit in a shaded area or have a parasol to help keep you cool.
Cool off: Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water. Using cold packs can also help. If you live near the water, go for a swim, just be sure to reapply any sun cream if you’re sitting out in the sun afterwards.
Stay hydrated: Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (such as tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar as these can dehydrate you further. Sports drinks are OK in moderation as they can restore your body’s electrolytes.
Plan ahead: Make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need. If you’re heading out for the day, it’s best to err on the side of caution and over prepare, especially if it’s a heatwave.
Dress sensibly: Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors. Make sure you wear lighter shades too as darker clothes absorb the heat and can leave you feeling too hot and uncomfortable.