Temperatures that reach record highs can cause heat-related illnesses ranging from heat cramps and dehydration to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Tips to Cool Down
- Exercise in early morning or late evening, when it’s cooler
- Dial down your level of exertion, walk instead of run
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, cotton clothing
- Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick face spray
- Flip on a fan. They can help circulate air and make you feel cooler (even with air conditioning)
- Store lotion in the refrigerator to use on hot, overtired feet
- Take frequent baths or showers with cool or tepid water
- Drink plenty of water along with sports drinks or other sources of electrolytes
- Consider bringing along a small, portable, battery-powered fan (some even spray a cooling mist)
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol — they can promote dehydration
- Eat lighter – Frequent small meals or snacks containing cold fruit or low fat dairy products.
- If you don’t have air-conditioning, arrange to spend at least part of your day in a shopping mall, public library, movie theater, or other cool public area
- Stay indoors when you can and avoid activities in direct sunlight or on hot asphalt surfaces (Don’t forget pets also need protection from dehydration and heat-related illnesses too)
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