Summer is here and when the weather gets warm, everyone wants to enjoy a little fun in the sun. If your job or your leisure activities have you spending a lot of time out of doors, you might want to learn a few tips about beating the heat.
The home where I live is on a lake so we get a lot of cool breezes but the sun is still very hot especially between noon and 3.00 pm on those hot summer days.
Did you know that the sun is actually a star? It burns more than a million times hotter than what we feel. When its radiation reaches us it is manageable, but it can still do damage to our bodies.
The skin is not the only part of you that is affected, even though it is a large problem. Skin cancer is no laughing matter. Lots of time spent in the sun, especially without protection, can damage the inner as well as the outer layers of the largest organ of the body.
So, when you think about heading out in hot weather, take care to protect yourself and your family. Here are seven ways to protect yourself when the weather gets warm:
1. Wear light colored clothing – Dark colors absorb heat. You could be raising your temperature by several degrees before you even start any type of activity. Choose lightweight fabrics that breathe like cotton. Another option is breathable synthetics like fitness wear that is made to wick away the moisture from your body.
2. Wear sun protection – If you don’t want to block out all of the sun’s rays, then at least wear sunscreen. It will protect you from the more harmful ultraviolet rays. Try a formula that is waterproof so that when you sweat it won’t wash off.
3. Plan activities for certain times – Plan on going outdoors when the sun isn’t highest in the sky. That would be early in the morning, later in the afternoon, or in the evening after the sun has gone down. (more…)