Beat the Summer Heat

By Taylor Howard

Summer consists of no school, longer days and… HEAT. A heat wave has been sweeping the country these past weeks with many cities and states reaching record numbers. All this week, temperatures in Champaign-Urbana will be climbing their way up to the mid-to-high 80s with high humidity and storms to match.

Weather from The Weather Channel

Though the rain may keep you inside, here are 8 ways to stay healthy and safe in the warm weather if you’ll be spending time outdoors: 

  1. HYDRATE – Be sure to drink plenty of water. Even if you don’t think you need it, in high temperatures your body sweats out much of its moisture.
  2. ALTER YOUR WORKOUT SCHEDULE – Take advantage of the cooler times! If you are one that enjoys outdoor workouts, try running in the morning or evening. 
  3. DRESS FOR THE WEATHER – Avoid wearing darker colors. Darker colors absorb more heat in the sun, which makes the clothing warmer to wear and can raise your body temperature.
  4. SPRAY BOTTLES OR PORTABLE FANS – If you are planning to be outdoors all day, spray bottles or portable fans are refreshing and easy ways to keep cool. 
  5. WATCH WHAT YOU EAT – Saltier foods and protein can produce metabolic heat, that causes water loss. Try eating fruits, vegetables and smaller portions throughout the day!
  6. KEEP YOUR HOME COOL – Fans, air conditioning and keeping your curtains drawn are simple ways to keep your home cool and the heat out.
  7. INCREASE YOUR VITAMIN C INTAKE – Vitamin C can help decrease the chances of heat exhaustion and heat rashes! Vitamin C can be found in broccoli, spinach, green peppers and certain over-the-counter supplements.
  8. SUNSCREEN – Hot days come with intense sun. Make sure to apply a good sunscreen to your face, neck and shoulders and to reapply frequently.

Despite the heat, remember to wear a mask in social situations.

Stay cool, Illini.