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Ways to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle in Hot Weather

 
 
In the UK recently many parts of the country have been experiencing hot, summer weather. Prior to that, parts of the USA also basked in hot sun. Despite the attractions of such sunny weather there are certain ways to lead a healthy lifestyle in the sun.
 

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When temperatures soar, there are sections of the community that especially need to take account of these ways to lead a healthy lifestyle in the sun: problems have been identified among the older members of society and babies and young children who have skin more sensitive than adults. Certain heart, skin and conditions can leave us open to problems in extreme weather, particularly if we are working or exercising outside for extended periods of time.

During 2003 temperatures reached 38 degrees centigrade (101 degrees Fahrenheit) and health authorities identified around 2000 to 3000 more deaths than normal. It was estimated this figure rose to 30,000 across the European continent.

So what are the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle in such conditions?

Many of us open the windows and doors to allow a breeze through the house in hot weather and yet, if you observe countries that habitually experience high temperatures, you will find the populations shut windows and pull down the shades, only opening windows when things cool down in the evening.

The song ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen Go Out in the Midday Sun’ was quite right: those used to the heat have learned to stay indoors during the hottest part of the day. This is generally between 11am and 3pm.

It is also important to drink lots of cool drinks. A friend who served in Iraq told me recently that the best time to drink is before you need it. If you wait until you are thirsty it is already too late. Start the day drinking water or fruit juice and continue to do so throughout the day. Tea, coffee and alcohol are to be avoided.

Remember that protecting the skin is important too. Wear a hat (a wide-brimmed one may look unfashionable but is to be preferred) and keep exposed shin covered with regular doses of sun block. In the evening and morning moisturise extensively the same areas. Watch for redness and give those patches especial attention.

The National Health Service gives some excellent guidelines on their website.

Enjoy the summer but ensure you keep healthy too.
 

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