Ways to Beat the Heat
Lately its been pretty hot. It’s times like these when we remember that we live in a swamp. But that doesn’t mean we should stay cooped up inside all day! If you take advantage of the late sunset, you can still enjoy those last golden hours of sunlight! Here are a few ways to get out and stay safe without melting your face:
1) Go for a walk!
A 30-minute walk each day will help you stay active and healthy, so grab a friend and take to the sidewalks! Or bring your dog, it will love you even more. Getting physical activity will release endorphins to keep your mood up and the sunlight will supply you with a sufficient amount of vitamin D to stay healthy!
2) Drink water
We sometimes forget that we need to be drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day when we are sitting inside to avoid the heat. If you go outside, you need to replenish the fluids you lose, so remember to bring a water bottle! Or bring a few if you have nowhere to refill one. The effects of dehydrationwill set in quickly at these temperatures, and can lead to a heat emergency if you don’t replenish your body!
3) Sunscreen is your friend
When the sun is this hot, make sure you are lathering up if you’re going to be spending more than a few minutes outside. Although the body generates vitamin D through exposure to sunlight, you will still get more than you need even with sunscreen on, so don’t be scared to use it! Make sure to cover all exposed areas of your body to protect against skin cancer, and buy lip balm with an SPF of at least 30 to cover your lips, too!
4) Indoor Sports
Don’t let the sun stop you from enjoying your favorite sports! If it’s too hot to play outside, and you can’t find a pool to cool off, head to an indoor tennis or basketball court and enjoy the air conditioning! There is an indoor version of almost any sport and there are many places offering facilities in our area. Montgomery County has 20 recreation centers, take advantage of it!
5) Have a Barbecue
This is my personal favorite summer activity. Invite your friends and family over to spend the night outside and eat some great food! Grilling is easy and fun, and will bring everyone together for a great time! There are also health benefits of cooking food on the grill, as more fat drips out of meat and minimal oil is required. Make sure to throw the vegetables on the grill too, as they will retain more of their vitamins and minerals and absorb a new spectrum of flavors.
6) Check for Heat Advisories
Always make sure it is safe to go outside! Subscribe to Alert Montgomery to stay updated on unsafe weather conditions, whether it is dangerous heat or a life-threatening storm! Make sure you have emerency supplies, including plenty of bottled water and stored food in case you lose power or running water.
There are a million other things you can do, just make sure you”re staying active and healthy in the heat! Make sure you limit your time in the sun and try to stay inside during the hottest hours between 10AM and 2PM, but don’t let the sun control you! It’s just a rock! Human beats rock!