Hi everyone. Summer season in the USA is winding down and with that comes a ton of outdoor events. Combine those fun-filled events with warmer/hotter temperatures and you can easily overdo it without realizing it. You need to learn how to be healthy during hot summer days. This is key to avoiding, and/or lowering your risks of heat-related illnesses.
Some of you have contacted me asking about ways to stay healthy in these warmer temps. I have written previously throughout this site about living with the after effects of a fractured C-1. This fracture severed the nerve that sends signals from my body to mind about overdoing it. In other words, I cannot tell when I am overdoing it until I start to get sick..by that time symptoms quickly appear and build upon each other. Soâ€¦.Here are some things I do to ward off emergency/paramedic trips:
* Use the buddy system. There is a reason safety experts across the board suggest people use the buddy system. You watch each other’s back. One of the beginning signs of any heat-related illness is getting flushed. Another person can spot this sign before you can.
* Carry minimal weight around. The more weight you carry around, the more energy your body exerts.
* Use an umbrella. Check with the event staff to see if these sun savers are allowed. A light-colored one will protect better than a dark-colored one. Golf umbrellas are excellent for this purpose.
* Wear light-colored clothes. Light colors reflect the sun. Dark colors attract, or absorb, the sun waves. That seems common sense, but I am regularly surprised how so many people wear black clothes, then complain about the heat. Apparently, this fact is not as well known as I previously believed.
* Use sunscreen. Protecting your skin from the sun’s rays will help keep you cooler. Be sure to use a SPF that suits your individual physiology and needs.
* Drink cold water. This is another common sense solution, but must be mentioned. Get a hold of an insulated container. Fill it with cold water and ice beforehand. Buying cold bottled water on-site can cost a pretty penny.
* Put a frozen ice pack into an insulated cooler. Place your food and beverages on top of it. Place extra ice over the contents.
* Use ice. Rub it over your face, hands, neck, back, and chest. Do this periodically throughout the event/day.
* Use a spritzer. Fill a spritzer bottle full of cold water. Spray yourself throughout the day for an instant cooling.
* Wear a hat. The larger brim, the better. Your hair will also thank you. Sun exposure burns hair very quickly.
* Cover your skin. Exposed skin not only burns easier, but heats up quicker. Protect your skin.
* Wear lightweight fabrics. Gauze is superb. Some companies make action wear clothing that keeps you cool. It costs a little more, but is worth it.
* Women: wear sundresses and/or skirts. Perfect way to do your best to beat the heat.
* Wear sunglasses. Sunglasses with ultraviolet protection keep damaging sun rays from entering your retinas and eyes, in general. Believe it or not, it does help to keep your eyes cool.
* Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of cold water and/or electrolyte-enriched drinks. Drink them even when you are not thirsty. Dehydration can lead to all kinds of emergency sicknesses.
* Wear comfortable footwear. Flip flops are great. Sandals are another popular option, but not everyone can comfortably wear them. Know what is good for you. Remember to put sunscreen on your feet.
* Eat cold food. That’s the purpose of an insulated cooler. Fill it with chilled sandwiches that you make at home. It will save you money and health.
* Wear the proper socks, if needed. Keeping your feet cool is crucial for keeping your body temperatures within a safe range.
Well, that’s about it for now. When I think of more, I will update this article.
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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.