By Gwen Lewis, Guest Contributor
Summer and the heat zap the body and our energy. While those warm days lull us outdoors and into pools or the beach, the heat can easily be too much to handle. But there are more things to do when the mercury blasts upward than just swimming or lounging by the water. And, sometimes, even those waves or the pool’s clear waters don’t always feel great when the heat and the humidity are in full force.
The secret to enjoying the summer means knowing when to head indoors…and when to venture out. The hottest times—and most dangerous for the sun’s rays—occur from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beat the heat, and plan your outdoor activities around the peak sun hours.
Enjoy summer inside and out with a few summer suggestions:
For those with a green thumb and a love for cultivating your flowers, plants and veggies (or fruits), schedule garden maintenance during the morning hours. Or even later in the afternoon, when the sun is lower. Be sure to wear a floppy hat that covers your face, use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) and take a bottle of water to stay hydrated outdoors. If the heat is expected to be too severe, opt to stay indoors.
Safe Summer Fitness
Fitness is a love and passion for many. Avid runners know that cool mornings or evenings are ideal for a run. And, of course, hydration and sunscreen are both a must. But hot summer days usually are time to bring the workouts indoors. Opt for a local gym or use your own equipment. Yoga classes also may be available online.
Dress for the Weather
Summer fashion is so breezy and glorious. Invest in summer style that make you smile. Fashion knows no boundaries or age limits. If you love those shorts, wear them! White jeans, though, are a must! And summer is not complete without a collection of summer dresses—maxi, knee length, short. Keep fabrics light and airy. Cotton breathes well. Linen is chic, but it also tends to be high maintenance. Silk tanks are both sexy and elegant.
Chilling With the Fur-Babies
Our dogs are members of the family. But, if your dog is like mine, they probably don’t love the heat too much. Walks have shortened over the summer, and sometimes our furry daughter is just content to do her business and head back into the cool house. If your fur baby is a terrier, though, walks are a must. Schedule evening walks so neither of you becomes overwhelmed by the heat. Or try to schedule an early morning stroll. Otherwise, stay content hanging indoors with your furry friend and keep them active with some fun inside activities…you may even set up a fun doggie obstacle course in the basement.
If you absolutely can’t stay away from the water—it is summer, after all!—and you just want to lounge by the pool, be sure to protect your body. Don’t overdo pool or beach time. If the heat is predicted to be extreme, be prepared and don’t overdo it. Pack lots of sunblock, a hat and bottles of water. If your body shows signs of heat related illness, seek medical attention!
The heat packs a powerful punch, and sometimes it’s best to stay in the air-conditioned indoors. If you are headed outdoors, be prepared with lots of sunscreen and water. Don’t push your body, and, if you’re able, schedule activities like walks and gardening during the cooler morning or evening hours. Stay safe this summer!
Gwen Lewis is a writer who lives in California. She has been in the fashion and health industry for years and loves writing on the topic to give tips from experience. In her free time she loves to stay active and has just taken on learning how to surf.
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