This summer has heated up pretty fast with temperatures in New York City reaching 102 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to stay cool and keep your energy up, follow these simple tips and stay healthy.
1. If you're going to participate in outdoor activities, schedule them for early in the morning or late in the evening when the temperatures are cooler.
2. If you are spending lots of time outdoors, take consistent breaks to let your body cool down and recover from all the heat and sunshine.
3. Avoid being directly in the sun. If you're outdoors, always use sunscreen to protect your skin, and also to reduce the amount of heat your body will absorb.
4. Wear a hat. It will protect your face from the sun, and it will also keep your head cool.
5. Wear light-colored lightweight clothing. Light colors will absorb less heat, and the lightweight fabric will be more breathable and comfortable.
6. STAY HYDRATED. Don't wait until you're thirsty. When you're thirsty, your body is already being deprived of enough water. Water and drinks that are low sugar with electrolytes are best.
7. Don't eat hot, heavy, creamy meals. It will heat up your body faster and make you feel slow and sick.
8. Avoid foods and liquids with high alcohol or sugar contents. They will cause you to lose more body fluids.
9. Begin exercising slowly. You are probably not used to the heat, which means your body isn't used to the heat. Gradually increase the intensity of your workout, and take frequent breaks for hydration and shade.
10. Try not to use the stove or the oven, especially if you don't have air conditioning. A cold shower can cool you off, but it won't be good for your burners.
In this summer heat try to stay cool, healthy, and have a good time. When you know how to take care of yourself, you're less likely to get broken by the high temperatures.