Simple Ways to Stay Hydrated and Healthy in the Summer Heat

Woman drinking water to stay hydrated in summer heat

For many, there is nothing better than spending time in the summer sun. Whether you simply enjoy taking walks throughout nature, exploring the many parks or outdoor activities, fishing, boating or even gardening, there are so many fun things to do outdoors, however, it’s crucial to know how to do them safely.

“While many older adults deeply enjoy time in the sun, it’s important to know how to do so safely in order to avoid health hazards, sunburns, heat stress and more,” says Pamela Klapproth, CEO at Kendalon Hudson, the only true Lifecare Community in Westchester County. “If you know how to keep yourself safe and protected, there’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy time outdoors! In fact, getting outside helps to boost happiness and activity levels, which is something we could all use during this uncertain time of quarantines, social distancing and health hazards! If you’re looking for a good way to stay safe and enjoy this summer, follow some of our tips to keep you healthy!”

Tips for Beating the Summer Heat in a Safe and Simple Way!

When spending time outdoors, keep these important points in mind. These can not only help to keep you safe but can also be a great way to ensure you help keep others safe as well.

  1. Check the weather before you go out. If you know it’s going to be an overly hot and muggy day, be sure you know ahead of time so you can plan where you’ll go, what you need to pack, where you can take a break and how long you’ll be out. It’s important to let others know where you are going as well so that they can ensure you are safe.

  2. Be sure you’re dressed right. In the high temperature, light, loose-fitting clothing as well as comfortable shoes and a hat are a good idea. This not only will protect you from the sun but will also allow you to remain as cool as possible.

  3. Try to avoid being outdoors at the height of the heat each day. According to the Almanac, around 3 p.m. is one of the hottest times of the day. Be sure to check your local weather to see when it will be hottest near you and don’t forget to check the UV index so you can properly protect yourself from the brightest rays of sun! It is also crucial to know the signs of heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you begin to notice signs of heat-related illnesses, which the CDC details here, be sure to take action right away.

  4. Stay hydrated. It’s important for everyone, especially older adults to drink plenty of fluids or eat fruits and vegetables with plenty of water content. Try to stay away from alcohol and coffees or tea that could dehydrate you. Aim to drink as much water as possible; however, if you don’t like the taste of water, infuse it with some fruit to help improve the taste and entice you to drink more.

  5. Take frequent breaks. Try to stay in the shade as much as possible, especially in the hottest parts of the day. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen often to ensure you don’t burn!

To learn more about staying hydrated and healthy this summer or to see how we can help you make the most of your summer, contact the team at Kendal on Hudson. We would be happy to share more information and make today and every day more healthy and fun! Contact us today at 914.922.1000.