Summer weather is increasing in temperature over the years, with more and more days becoming dangerous without proper precautions. It’s a good idea to prepare yourself for next summer before the heat waves roll in so you can stay comfortable throughout the season. Here are some of our best tips to make preparations for the sweaty summers.
Dress in Light Clothing
In ancient Egypt, plenty of civilians would wear a dress called a kakasiris made from linen cloth. They did this because the heat was so intense that they would sweat throughout the day if they added too many layers. Take this lesson from people who lived in the desert, dry climates, and only wear clothing that is thin, light, and comfortable.
Without proper clothing, you’ll likely sweat through your clothing, but, depending on the day, this reality may be inevitable. If you find that you are sweating excessively, regardless of how hot it is, you may have hyperhidrosis. Plenty of people will take Drysol to help lessen this issue, but there are multiple alternatives to Drysol that you can find to alleviate this condition.
Put on Sunscreen
The color of your skin determines how much sunscreen you need or how often you need to reapply, but you should stick to sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 30. Be sure to apply on burn prone areas like the neck, nose, and ears even if you’re not in the sun for too long. If you’re sweating throughout the day, keep reapplying to maintain your protection from the sun.
You’re 70% water, so start drinking water from the time you wake up until you go to bed. On average, most people will need 8 glasses of water per day, but that may change depending on your activity level, height, and weight. If you work a physical job, you should take in 12 glasses of water at a minimum.
Drinking water has plenty of other benefits. Water improves your mood, improves exercise performance, reduces headaches, and reduces the risk of bladder infections. You should also stick to only water while you’re working or out in the sun because drinking caffeine or other sugary drinks won’t hydrate you in the same way water will.
Stay in the Shade
Although putting on sunscreen, staying hydrated, and putting on light clothing will make you feel cooler during the summer, it’s still a bad idea to stay directly in sunlight for an extended period of time. Staying in the shade will keep you cool, makes it less likely you’ll get a sunburn, and you’ll also stay hydrated longer because you won’t have the beating sun on your back.
If you live in a country with changing seasons, especially if you live in the North or South (Canada, UK, or Finland, for example), you’ll need to let your body acclimate to your new elements. You’ve probably noticed that you’re more willing to wear shorts in 5-degree Celsius weather in the spring but less likely to do so in the fall.
That’s because your body is used to the cold. When temperatures rise, don’t start working out in the hot sun immediately. During the first heatwave, don’t take on activities at a pace that is too physically taxing. Don’t overdo it while your body is adjusting, as it can take anywhere between 4 to 14 days for your body to change based on the temperature.