zondag 19 augustus 2012

Dealing with hot weather

Been out for a while organizing a part of a convention myself, haven't had time to update recently. Sorry for that! Anyway, seeing how the weather has turned out for the coming week this items seemed appropriate.

A convention is mostly a closed building with a LOT of people in it. Heat accumulates easily in these cases. With dehydration lurking at every corner en a heat stroke ready to  jump you, you need to arm yourself with knowledge and items that aid you in your time of need. Because knowing IS half the battle!

Now, some of you who have read one of my earlier post may remember I mentioned a towel. This is a perfect item with hot weather. Wear it over your shoulders. It works like a heat sink, drawing out the heat. You may look like an idiot, but at least you're not that hot anymore. A washcloth can be a great item for cooling down. Make it wet, wring it out and put in on your head when taking a rest. It will draw out the heat from your head an body.

Here are the main things you should keep in mind:

  • The worst time of the day is between 12 and 15 hours. The sun is hottest then. Only go outside if you have to and stay inn the shade where possible.
  • Keep hydrated! Have a plastic bottle on you and refill it as soon as it's empty. Soft drinks can provide you with needed sugar, mineral water with minerals, a little sodium and other good stuff.
  • Try to avoid using energy drinks and coffee during the day caffeine can dehydrate you if you consume too much.
  • Ewing something salty can be be good for you. Sodium helps you fluid balance. Too much can put quite a strain on your body however, so be careful. No more than 6 mg a day in many cases. You lose it via sweat, and it's a very important mineral for you body to function. Sodium is found in small quantities in every food product.
You may also want to check out my post on nutrition on this one: Getting your noms: nutrition and hydration. Eating right and three times a day keeps your body running at optimal performance!

Until next time!

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