Whether you’re working outside or in a warehouse, summer is here and staying cool will be a priority most days. Getting overheated or dehydrated can be dangerous, and the symptoms can creep up and overtake you before you know it.
Many jobs are physically challenging, and even if you are fit and healthy, you will feel the heat’s impact. Don’t ignore it. Take some steps to keep yourself safe and cool. Here are a few things you can do:
Think lightweight and light-colored
How you dress will make an impact on how comfortable you are throughout the day. Natural fabrics—cotton, silk, and linen—are lighter and absorb sweat. When it evaporates, it helps to cool you. Lighter colors will reflect light and heat instead of absorbing it as darker colors do. Loose clothes will allow air to circulate.
Stay hydrated, but avoid caffeine
When it’s hot, you’ll sweat more and lose fluids. Drink lots of water to replace them and to help you stay cool. But stay away from drinks that contain caffeine since they will raise your heart rate and speed up your metabolism, both of which will increase your body temperature. Sugary drinks can have the same effects.
Change your schedule
If you’re working outdoors, start your day earlier during the hottest months. If possible, do your most strenuous tasks early in the morning when it’s coolest. The most scorching temperatures are between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., so you’ll need to be extra cautious during these times.
You won’t stay cool if you’re burning your skin. No matter how you dress, you’ll always have some skin exposed. Use a sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 30 and keep reapplying it throughout the day. As you sweat, it washes off. Pay attention to areas that are susceptible to burning, such as your ears, nose, and the back of your neck.
Although it sounds counterintuitive, wearing clothing helps keep you cool. People who live in the hottest areas of the world are clothed from head to toe with loose garments to protect themselves from the sun and heat.
Eat smaller meals
Your body works hard to digest a large meal, which increases your metabolism and heats you. Smaller meals and snacks will help you feel cooler.
Snack on frozen treats
Ice cream and ice popsicles will do the trick, but frozen fruit is healthier. Put some grapes or pineapple slices in the freezer for a few hours, and you’ll have a guilt-free frozen treat that will lower your body temperature.
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