Many people are starting to head outside to burn off the stress of being cooped up for so long. But before you make a mad dash for the great outdoors, remember to drink plenty of water.
Dehydration is a big concern during summertime as it can lead to heat exhaustion, and in more serious cases, heat stroke.
Follow these tips to stay safe in the sun:
- Eat plenty of fruits (berries, apples) and veggies (dark leafy greens, peppers, tomatoes).
- Wear sunscreen.
- Stay hydrated with water and electrolyte drinks. Drink before you feel thirsty because by the time thirst kicks in, your body has already lost too much salt.
- Avoid alcoholic, sugary and caffeinated drinks.
People over the age of 65 and those on heart or blood medication or who are overweight are most susceptible to heat stroke.
Discuss any new exercise programs with your doctor before starting. And try to plan strenuous activity early in the morning or in the evening when it’s cooler.