By Nicole Dapper, Wellness Coordinator Twin Towers Senior Living Community
Summer is the time of year when we’re able to get outside and enjoy the weather with family and friends. However, all that fun in the sun can lead to some serious health issues if we aren't careful.
Here are tips to stay cool over the hot months ahead:
Wear The Right Stuff
- Thin clothing is key. Avoid dark, thick clothing. Instead choose lighter colors and comfortable fabrics like cotton or linen.
- Consider some of the new hi-tech fabrics that pull moisture away from the body so it evaporates quickly and keeps you cooler.
- If you plan to go outdoors, seek shaded areas and remember to wear sunscreen.
- Always take a hat and/or sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes.
Exercise Smart: Choose The Best Time Of Day
- The hottest hours of the day are generally between 10am and 3pm. So when the weather predicts hot and humid weather, make an indoor plan for those days.
- If you exercise, garden, or enjoy walking outdoors, save it for the cooler morning or evening hours.
- Consider taking your workout indoors to a local gym or indoor pool during the hot months of the summer.
Stay Well Hydrated
- Water is essential in hot weather. Make sure to drink plenty of liquids including water and juices, but try to limit the amount of caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, as these will dehydrate the body.
- Take frequent breaks from whatever you’re doing to cool down and allow your body the time it needs to recover.
- Eat juicy fruits like oranges, tangerines and grapefruit, and others like pineapple and watermelon that are filled with water.
What To Watch For
Dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are huge risks in the summer. If you’re taking medications, talk with your doctor and make sure you won’t be affected while in the high heat.
Make sure you’re aware of the signs:
- Dehydration can include dry mouth, rapid heartbeat, and lightheadedness.
- Heat exhaustion can include heavy sweating, fast and weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, and cold, pale, and clammy skin.
- Heat Stroke can include a flushed face, high temperature, lack of sweating despite the heat, nausea, and confusion.
Nicole is a Wellness Coordinator at the fitness & wellness center at Twin Towers, The Connection, where you will find an expertly trained team who develops workout routines and exercises that are personalized to your goals. A variety of classes are available and equipment is specifically designed for those aged 50+. The Aquatic Center includes a 75-foot heated pool, aquatic bikes, and a whirlpool.