Some of us are fortunate enough to work in a comfortable climate-controlled space, and some of us are not so fortunate.
Whether you are working in an industrial shop, a warehouse, or outside in the elements, you need to take care of your body and avoid suffering the consequences that come with overexposure to sun and heat.
Below are seven quick tips on how you can beat the summer heat.
1. Drink Lots of Water
While this bit of advice should be a no-brainer, studies show that most people do not drink enough water each day. Staying hydrated isn’t just a great way to avoid being overheated in the summer; it can also help with weight loss. Experts suggest drinking 4 pints of water each day.
2. Avoid Sodium
That takeout container of salty Chinese food might sound like a great lunchtime treat, but if it’s loaded with sodium, you’re increasing the odds of becoming dehydrated.
Try to eat foods that are both low on sodium and high on water content – including fresh fruits and vegetables.
3. Avoid Too Much Alcohol During Off Hours
Most of us know that an ice-cold beer can really hit the spot after a long day at a hot job, and while a beer or two won’t hurt your ability to beat the heat – more than that will likely have negative consequences.
Doctors say we can have about two drinks in the evening without any ill effects the next day, so stick to a two-drink maximum during the workweek.
4. Get a Portable or Personal Fan
During the hottest days of the summer, your own personal fan is worth its weight in gold. If you can’t count on your company or coworkers getting you a fan of your own, buy one yourself. Even a small, battery-powered fan that fits in your hand can be better than nothing on a hot day.
5. Get Some Exercise
Staying in shape is a surefire way to beat the heat. It’s also a good idea in general if you want to stay healthy.
If at all possible, avoid exercising in the heat. Join an air-conditioned gym, exercise in your air-conditioned house, or exercise in the mornings or evenings when the sun isn’t blazing down on you.
6. Get Good Sleep
Not getting enough sleep at night is related to all kinds of bad health consequences. For instance, a lack of sleep has been associated with poor cardiovascular health and weight gain.
Because it supports overall good health, getting enough sleep at night will also help you to beat the summer heat.
7. Cool Strategically
Because you can’t jump into a cool refreshing pool in the middle of your shift, you have to know the best places to cool your body without breaking your company dress code. Using an ice pack or cold bottle of water, prioritize cooling your wrists, forehead, and feet if you can. These areas of the body have high blood flow and can send cold blood to the rest of your body.
We Can Help You Find a Cooler Job
At Career Concepts, we’re here to help you beat the heat and a new job in a climate-controlled setting is one way to do that. Please contact us today to see what cool opportunities we currently have available.