Beat the heat with these tips

We may only be into the first few days of June, but the weather we have been experiencing in Ontario as of late reflects temperatures that are more typical come mid-July or August. We have actually been enduring a heatwave over the past few days, and if you’re someone who works outside in these intense temperatures, there is a good chance you’ve been desperately trying to come up with new and innovative ways to stay cool.

I pulled some strategies from wdgpublichealth to share with all of you in an attempt to hopefully assist some of us in staying cool throughout these scorching temperatures. Some of them are a little more obvious than others, but hey, they’re worth a shot.

  • If possible, dress in light, loose, and breathable fabrics to help regulate body temperature, like cotton.
  • Consume plenty of water, especially if you’re sweating excessively. Try keeping your water bottle in the freezer overnight before filling it to enable your water to remain nice and cold for as long as possible.
  • Try to avoid doing heavy physical activity during the afternoon hours. If this isn’t a feasible option for you, try to plan your day by engaging in intense physical activity in either the early morning or late evening when it is cooler.
  • Invest in a sprinkler or a kiddy pool for a quick way to cool off.
  • Eat smaller meals and foods with cooling properties, for example, salads, cucumbers and fruits.
  • Take some time to chill out in a shady spot.
  • Try using an umbrella, if you can, to stay out of direct sunlight.
  • Stay away from consuming caffeinated or sugary beverages.

I realize that, depending on your lifestyle and the type of work you do, some of these tips aren’t realistic or relevant. But, if there are any you can use to try and keep your cool in the midst of a heatwave, it’s at least worth a shot.

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