Summer Activity Tips
The arrival of warm weather is the perfect opportunity for outdoor living and activity, but how do you keep you stay cool when the mercury starts rising? We have put together some health tips to help you stay fresh and safe in the heat:
Hydrate! Drink plenty of water during the warm weather and if you are exercising, then make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity to avoid dehydration. If you find plain old water boring, then add slices of fruit to your water jug and place in the fridge for a few hours. Try melon, cucumber, lemon or oranges. How much is enough? Well, that depends on a number of things including your age, size and level of activity; however, 3 litres a day is recommended in most cases. Many of us love an ice cold pimms in the summer but don’t forget that alcohol dehydrates you. A good tip is to have a long, cool drink of water in between any alcoholic beverages that you have.
Don’t let your skin burn! We all love the sun but the “lobster” look isn’t pretty and sunburn can be very dangerous. Use sun cream with at least SPF 15, apply a thick layer and re-apply every two hours. Wear a wide brimmed hat (you’ll look like a film star!) to protect your head, face and neck and use sunglasses to protect your eyes. Choose a shady spot to sit out of the direct sun and practice your “lounging celebrity” poses!
Stay cool! Choose breathable clothing – lightweight linen and cotton are ideal to help you to stay cool.
Use water! Dab a little cold water on pressure points at the wrist, temples and back of knees to help cool you down.
Avoid big meals! We all love a good summer barbeque but eating a large meet with heat you up! Digesting food uses a lot of energy and that generates body heat. Stay cool by eating small amounts of food throughout the day.
Avoid the Mid-day sun! You know the old saying “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid-day sun” but like most old sayings it does have an important message behind it. If possible, head indoors or seek shade during the hottest part of the day, between 11 am and 3pm. If possible avoid strenuous activity – you could follow our Mediterranean friends and have a siesta!