Greetings from Florida – aka The Sunshine State.
While my friend in Colorado is still battling 50 degree weather (yes in May! It’s outrageous!) here in the south the dog days of Florida are upon us. I’m ashamed to admit it, but the other day I got burned at the beach because of my lack of applying enough sunscreen on my back – and I was only at the beach for a couple of hours. This just shows how strong the sun is and how fast you really do start to burn without proper protection.
Applying sunscreen is highly important, but it isn’t the only concern during the hot days of summer, heat exhaustion (or worse heat stroke) can sneak up on you if you aren’t taking precautions. Although I must note that a sunburn prevents your body from getting rid of heat so make sure to lather it on and reapply!
Today I’d like to share my tips on how to beat the summer heat and enjoy the outdoors safely.
Tips & Tricks
- Water! Water! Water! Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water or a sports drink like Gatorade, which replaces lost fluids, glucose, and potassium
- Avoid salt, alcohol and caffeine – they dehydrate the body
- Don’t overexert yourself during physical activity
- Stay indoors during peak heat hours (10am – 3pm)
- When outside stay in the shade / cool places – pack an umbrella in your beach bag
- Keep a spray bottle of water & peppermint essential oil in the fridge to spray on your body when hot
- Relax with a eucalyptus towel or Frogg Toggs chilly pad cooling towel
- Cool down with a frozen treat – here’s 29 delicious homemade popsicle options
- Avoid heavy meals and opt for fruits and vegetables, which are saturated with water to help keep your body comfortable
- Lightly dust loose powder (such as cornstarch) on areas you tend to perspire (especially bottoms of feet) – the powder will absorb sweat and help you feel dry