Helpful tips for staying cool in summertime
There are few things better than long, warm days for enjoying the outdoors. But as we age, our bodies are unable to regulate temperature and, consequently, heat. Fortunately, you can enjoy the sights, smells and sensations without being in direct sun. The following tips will help you stay cool while enjoying the hottest months of the year.
Organize games in the shade
Direct sunlight can quickly raise body temperatures to dangerous levels. When in open areas, beat the heat by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and carrying an umbrella or parasol.
Drink plenty of water
It can be surprisingly easy to become dehydrated. Try to remember to drink a glass of water every time you use the bathroom, take medication and sit down to a meal. And, if you head outdoors, carry a small water bottle with you and take a sip every few minutes.
Wear loose clothing
Your clothes can trap in body heat, making cooling off difficult. Solve this by wearing layers of loose, breathable, light-colored clothing, so that you can quickly and easily remove and re-add garments to find an ideal temperature.
Schedule outdoor fun in the cooler parts of the day
Enjoy the mornings and evenings outdoors when temperatures are cooler and save inside activities, like reading, watching movies or playing cards, during the hottest part of the day. If you do get too hot, a cool or lukewarm bath or shower can be a great way to cool off.
Did you know that Holiday Retirement residents have a vibrant activities calendar, providing cool indoor activities in the heat of the day? It’s all part of our goal to help our residents live their best lives.