Apr 18, 2011

Survive the Heat of Summer

It’s summer time! So before heading out to the beach or do some outdoor adventures here are some tips for the summer heat. How often you may have to deal with prolonged high temperatures depends on your outdoors activity. When hiking under the sun this summer, do it on early morning or late afternoon (We always do night trekking during summer days).

Basic strategies:
1. Remember that extreme heat kills by taxing the human body beyond its capabilities. During times of prolonged high temperatures, slow down and avoid strenuous activities. Limit outdoor physical labor to the coolest times of the day.
2. Wear light-colored, lightweight clothing to help reflect sunlight and keep you cooler. Also wear a hat.
3. Drink plenty of water, and avoid alcohol and heavy meals. Foods, including proteins, increase metabolic heat production and increase water loss.
4. If you feel faint, dizzy, or tired or experience muscle cramps, get out of the heat immediately and find a cooler location until you recover. Drink water or a sport drink; dunk your head under water to cool off.
5. Avoid sunburn—it can significantly retard the skin’s ability to shed excess heat. Watch for signs of serious heat problems.
6. Be particularly watchful of the elderly and children during extreme heat. They are the most vulnerable.

Have sweat and enjoy the heat of summer…

Note: This post is based on researched by the blogger; always seek a medical professional advice (dra. joen montalbo md is ybbsOutdoors “trail ailment” adviser).

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