With Memorial Day right around the corner, that means summer is almost officially here! With the sun shining down on us, and the outdoors calling our names, it’s a good idea to review some safety tips for being active in the heat.
Five Tips for Staying Safe in the Heat
1. Stay Hydrated!
Seriously guys, this is really important because dehydration is a key factor in heat illness. When you’re hot, and especially if your being active in warm weather, your body needs to sweat to cool down. To make sure your body is able to produce that sweat, you need to stay hydrated. So if you’re planning to take a hike, paddle board, run, or just wanting to take a stroll, make sure you grab a bottle of VBlast! And don’t forget, don’t wait until your thirsty to take a drink!
2. Wear Sunscreen
It’s 2012. We know that tanning is not a good thing. Unprotected sun exposure can cause some serious damage, including aging and even cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation says when you work outside or spend a lot times outdoors look for a “stronger, water-resistant, beachwear-type sunscreen that holds together on your skin. The ‘water resistant’ and ‘very water resistant’ types are also good for hot days or while playing sports, because they’re less likely to drip into your eyes when you sweat.” (More sunscreen tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation here.)
3. Dress Appropriately
When planning your outfit, consider the following:
- Lightweight, loose fitting, breathable material, to allow your body to sweat.
- Avoid dark colors
- Wide-brimmed hats.
4. Know Your Limitations
If don’t spend a lot of times outdoors, or if you’re trying out a new activity, make sure you allow your body time to get use to the heat. Keep the intensity level down and make sure you take frequent breaks.
5. Know Your Body
If you’re feeling dizzy, nauseated, more tired than normal, or anything unusual, your body is telling you something is NOT OK. It’s probably time to take break, get out of the sun, and rehydrate.