Summer is now upon us and we have already had a couple of super hot and humid days here in Canada. With the depletion of the ozone layer and the harsher temperatures each year due to climate change, it is not a good idea to spend extended amounts of time outdoors without some precautions. While Canadians love the heat after a long winter, it can definitely be too much of a good thing.
Here are some ways you can look after yourself this summer:
- Wear a hat and sunscreen. Are you old enough to remember the days when people used to put on baby oil and spend as much time as possible in the sun in order to get brown? Well, those days are long gone. There is nothing wrong with a mild tan, but nowadays, it is more important to protect yourself from skin cancer. Always wear a hat and sunscreen on sunny days (check the weather forecast to know what spf rating your sunscreen should be for that particular day).
- Avoid heavy exercise during the hottest parts of the day. Check the weather forecast and see when it will be coolest that particular day; save your exercising for then.
- Stay hydrated. You will probably sweat quite a bit over the course of the day, so make sure to drink plenty of fluids. If you perspire more than the average person, then you need to ingest more water.
- Wear lighter shades. Dark coloured clothes will make you feel hotter, so save that cool black shirt & jeans combo for the fall. Choose a lighter shade instead.
- Stay inside. If there’s a heat warning or the temperature/humidity has things above 35 degrees Celsius, try to just stay inside. Take a cool shower, sit in front of the fan, and relax. Don’t go outside during times like this unless you really have to.