The heat is definitely rising these days in the Northern Hemisphere – While past years have run higher, it is well above what the body is accustomed to regulating on it’s own. It is therefore vital to stay mindful when the weather turns the dial up – lack of preparation can end (quite) poorly.
I’ve sort of been feeling more lethargic, but I’m outrightly blaming it on the oppressive heat. Still, I’ve toned down my response – I used to be more melodramatic about it…
Now I just do my best to deal. I won’t be caught with a frown on my face anymore, but I will be equipped with a giant bottle of water…especially when I’m training or working out.
The Holy-Heat! Checklist:
- H20 – Stay hydrated! Everything from your core temperature, your heart, brain, and body function, to your skin will thank you. So, SO important, and not to be overlooked.
- Sunscreen – Wear it when you are out. Reapply often. I guarantee you aren’t wearing enough (neither am I! *slap on hand*)
- Salt – This depends on the individual and personal conditions but…if you are an athlete in particular, you need to replenish your sodium and overall electrolytes. Water matters, but be careful not to over dilute.
Being stuck indoors during summer is a drag, especially when it’s “nice” out – but if the temp does creep up to “ungodly” maybe take a shade break too. Overheating is never a good idea, especially if you can prevent it. And…you can!