Temperatures are rising. “We’re seeing the hottest summers in recorded history, multiple years in a row,” Dr. Grant Lipman told TIME. He’s an emergency doctor. It’s more important than ever to know how to keep cool.
Being really hot is irritating. And in serious cases, it can lead to illness. That’s one danger of long heat waves. Nighttime temperatures are also higher. They give people less time to cool down.
Your body responds to heat in many ways. One is by sweating. Another is by radiating heat. Your body works hard to stay cool. Staying cool uses energy. But there are ways to help your body deal with heat.
Preparing for the Heat
You can get used to heat. You can train for the hot weather. Going somewhere hot? Lipman recommends an hour outside every day, leading up to it.
He suggests other strategies to help prevent heat illness. Avoid heavy exercise in the middle of the day. Wear loose, lightweight clothing. Some clothing will have a high UPF, or ultraviolet light protection factor. It can protect your skin like sunscreen does.
It’s important to stay hydrated. Drink lots of water, especially if you’re sweating. We lose electrolytes in sweat. Look for drinks that replace them.
If you’re outside, find some shade. And always go inside if you are feeling too hot. Following these tips will help you enjoy your summer safely.