The hottest summer in 12 years is said to be on its way. Temperatures are said to be set to reach 33°C. So how do you prepare yourself for a heatwave that is said to last from June through until August?
- Wear the appropriate clothing.
Loose clothing will allow your body to breath, helping you maintain a good body temperature. Choosing Light-colours will help reflect the sunlight, meaning that you stay cooler for longer. Choosing clothing that covers your skin will reduce the risk of getting sunburnt.
- Avoiding Strenuous Exercise
During the spell of warmer weather, we encourage you to get out and enjoy the sunshine, but that doesn’t mean that you should be overexerting yourself; especially outdoors. Keep your workouts short and opt for performing outdoor exercise in the mornings or evenings when it is cooler.
- Drink more water
Water will ensure that you keep properly hydrated. If you need a guide to how much water you should be consuming, we recommend sipping water throughout the day. Don’t wait until you are feeling thirsty. Isotonic liquids may also be required during the heatwave. This will help replace the minerals lost to perspiration.
Drinking cold water will help lower your body temperature, but you may also wish to make use of a cold shower or even a wet towel on your neck and shoulders to help keep cool.
- Limiting your Caffeine and Alcohol Intake
We all have our vices, sure, but limiting the amount of caffeine and alcohol you consume during the heatwave is probably for the best. Caffeine and alcohol act as diuretics and promote dehydration.
If you can’t kick the caffeine habit or Friday “beers with the boys” simply cannot be missed, then be sure to consume a glass of water for every caffeinated beverage or unit of alcohol.