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!
Depending on where you are, you may have gotten some snow the other day – for many locations in the US, it was a nice, wintery foot and a half or so.
Now I realize it isn’t as easy to get around in inclement weather (or the aftermath)… And I, too, have to stand on those horrific impending-apocalypse lines at the supermarket. But I LOVE the Seasons, and I LOVE snow – it changes things up and gives us a chance to SLOW DOWN (rest days? What are those?!)
My man and I decided to venture out during the blizzard (I mean, why make it easy for ourselves!?) The pubs in the area had promised to stay open and sure enough, they were. We wandered (er, were wind-blown!) into one we hadn’t yet tried, and were delightfully surprised – there may have been only four of us in the entire place, but they were incredibly accommodating.
Not only was I able to get coffee with almond milk (how many pubs have that, you ask? Not many!), but I was also able to order something clean and delicious for lunch – sliced, roasted turkey.
The menu was very limited but the bartender didn’t bat a lash when I said I didn’t drink, and that I wanted turkey…minus the sandwich part! It seems like a small thing, but it is the kind of accommodation and consideration I truly appreciate – while the world has become more conscious overall, offering healthy options at restaurants, it still can’t be expected that every establishment is on board.
I’m not as flexible with my nutritional choices as most people and I am always and ever thankful to be met with “no problem” or even “let me double check for you!”
The turkey happened to be UH-MAZING, and I made a point to tell the owner that if I liked it…it is DEFINITELY good!
Yes indeed, Mrs. Particular LOVED it – it was just what I needed for a snowy day.