Did you know you could suffer from dehydration even when you’re indoors? The dog days of summer have been plaguing us in central North Carolina for a couple of weeks, but this week’s temps are soaring to triple digits (in temperature and heat index), which means it’s crucial to be smart and stay cool.
Now, I love summertime, and these crushing temperatures are actually some of my favorites–unless I’m dressed for work, then I prefer to not sweat. Make sure you drink plenty of water; the old adage about 64 ounces of water is a good one, but my husband’s nephrologist suggests that what’s more important than consuming 64 ounces of water is the amount of water you output. Clear fluids are best, and you can tell you’re on the right track if your urine is clear. Gross, I know, but a good measuring stick.
If you’re a telecommuter like me, with a husband who’s main office is also at home, then nude office hours are another way to while away the days. Only, they’re not likely to be very cool … just saying. So regardless of how you stay cool today and while the temperatures are soaring to dangerous degrees, be smart.
- Stay hydrated
- Get your jogging and cycling in before the sun rises
- Take your children to the pool between 8 – 10 am or after dinner
- Avoid being out in the sun during the hottest part of the day, with the most damaging UV rays, from 10 am – 2 pm
- Keep a water bottle on your desk and make yourself fill and drink it one-to-two times every hour you’re at work
- Leave a little earlier in the morning or stay a little later at work to avoid rush hour traffic during the hottest part of the day (to keep your car from overheating, and to reduce your carbon footprint)
- Batch your errands together to streamline your time on the road
- Do NOT leave your pets or children in the car, for even a minute
- Keep the blinds in your house closed to keep
- Turn off lights … and if you haven’t already switched over to fluorescent bulbs, now’s a great time (they’re much cooler than incandescant)
How do you stay cool?