Posted on August 01, 2017 by Kim Mead

Too high temperatures can result in a variety of heat-related illnesses including heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat strokes. To avoid such occurrences, here are some ways that you can help yourself to keep cool all summer.

1. If you planning an outdoor exercise routine, it’s important to consider cooler times (early morning or late evening).
2. Wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably of a light colour. Cotton clothing will keep you cooler than many synthetics
3. If working out in cooler times is an inconvenience, use activities like jogging or walking and other like activities that allow you to decrease your level of exertion when needed.
4. Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.
5. Fans can help circulate air and make you feel cooler, even in an air-conditioned house.
6. Try storing lotions or cosmetic toners in the refrigerator to use on hot, overtired feet.
7. Keep plastic bottles of water in the freezer; grab one when you’re ready to go outside. As the ice melts, you’ll have a supply of cold water with you.
8. Take frequent baths or showers with cool water.
9. Combat dehydration by drinking plenty of water along with sports drinks or other sources of electrolytes.
10. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as these will promote dehydration.

Rodleigh Fortuin, Gym & Spa Supervisor, Fulham Reach