Its getting hot out here
Well it’s certainly hot in Milton Keynes and keeping cool right now is something we all need to think about. Risks of getting too hot in warm weather include dehydration as you go about your daily activities or overheating and risking suffering from heat stress, heat cramps or even heat exhaustion. Keeping your body cool will also help to keep your mood calm too. There are lots of simple and effective ways to stay cool in warm weather.
Stay hydrated. Water is essential for keeping your cool during hot weather. Water keeps your body cool and should be drunk even if you don’t feel thirsty. Buy a durable water bottle or water pack that you can carry everywhere and refill at any safe water tap. Freeze a bottle of water to carry around with you. It’ll be solid when you leave the house but the heat will start melting it from the moment you take it out of the freezer and you’ll benefit from the continuously chilled slowly thawing water.
Stay away from sugary drinks such as sodas and do not drink alcoholic drinks. Minimise caffeinated drinks, such as tea and coffee because these tend to increase dehydration. As well as drinking water, use it to spritz yourself cool by filling a spray bottle with pure water and place in the refrigerator at home or work. And when you feel too hot, spray a fine mist of the cooled water over face and body to help cool you down quickly.
The right food can keep you cool too – salads, fresh raw food, vegetables and fruit, this also avoid turning the oven on – less heat! Avoid eating meat and protein-heavy foods during the heat of the day because these can increase metabolic heat production, which can add to loss of water.
Air con is good but if you don’t have it try using fans – hand-held or electric, fans can keep you cool by continuously circulating air to keep the air circulating freely and to reduce the mugginess of heat.
Stay out of the sun while it’s at its hottest. Avoid unnecessary traveling, exercising and walking about when the sun is at its hottest, probably between midday and 4pm. When you are outside during these times, limit your exposure to heat by retreating to shade as much as possible and not exerting yourself. Most of all, drink plenty of water.
While sunscreen and sunglasses don’t necessarily have a cooling effect, their protective effect is vital during warmer weather, as well as being painful and damaging, sunburn reduces your ability to release heat from your body and causes you to lose body fluids.
Choose lightweight, loose-fitting clothing will help to keep you cooler, even better if it is light in color as this will reflect the heat and sunlight better. Lightweight long sleeved shirt and pants are preferable if you’re hiking or working outdoors for any length of time, as this provides more protection against the UV rays.
Wearing a hat can helps to keep you cooler by providing shade. Or try using a bandanna folded into a triangle and wrapped over your head as is often seen on bikers – this actually wicks sweat away from your head, spreads it over a large area where it evaporates and reduces your scalp temperature.
Wear footwear that breathes. Flip flops are great for some activities, but more strenuous activities require arch support, durability, and comfort. Sport sneakers are great, but be sure you have worn them beforehand, so they won’t rub your feet and give you blisters. Remember to wear socks, preferably ones that wick away moisture to help keep you cool and comfortable. If you’re going to the beach or pool, wear water shoes to protect your feet from the heat of beach sand and from sharp items in the water. For urban wear, sandals and flip flops are generally ideal for keeping your feet cool.