Summer Chilling: Staying Cool with Fitness, Fashion, and Food
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 6/2/2017, 8:05 a.m.
Falling down your face. Stinging your eyes. Wetting up your clothes. It’s sweating season ladies and gentlemen. Scorching, summery triple digit temperatures are in our imminent future when summer officially beginning on June 20th. The heat and humidity are already getting to some of us just taking a few steps out the door. Get prepared for the pending hotter days with tips on staying cool with fitness, fashion, and food.
Texans know heat better than anyone about record breaking heat. To date, the hottest temps on record for Texas occurred on June 28, 1994, when Seymour, Texas was 120 degrees Fahrenheit according to the National Weather Service. The hottest temps on record for June in Houston was 109 degrees on September 4, 2000, and August 27, 2011. Who knows what Sumer 2017 will have in store for us? That’s why we must be prepared.
In order to know how to stay cool, one must understand how the body gets heated. The first place to get answers is to speak with the folks at the Houston Health Department. Heat exhaustion occurs usually when doing heavy activity outdoors in the beaming hot sun. The body responds to this activity by shedding heat through the evaporation of water from the skin, sweat. This process also depletes the body of salt. Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion quickly follow if not treated immediately. When the body temp rises above 103°F some signs that a person may be in trouble are red, hot and dry skin, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and unconsciousness. However, if the body’s sweat system fails and the body is unable to cool down a more serious condition could develop.
Before the point of panic, Porfirio Villarreal, Public Information Officer, offers a bit of advice to stay summer chill in Houston. His first tip is to hydrate. He advises that people should increase their water consumption and avoid caffeine, alcohol, and limit their sugar intake. Drinking liquids before, during and after physical activity in the heat will keep the body hydrated. Drinks with added sugars will give the opposite effect.
Villarreal also cautions about doing physically demanding tasks during the hottest part of the day. “If you want to start getting back in shape you don’t want to start right away in the middle of the day. If you have not exercised for years, months, you want to start slowly, gradually increase your exposure to the heat over several weeks.” Another tip is to start early. There is a reason the early bird gets the worm. And in the case of heat, the early bird is the one who stays cool.
Summer chilling happens when one dresses in lighter loose fitting clothing but how can this be accomplished and still keep your fashionista cred? Shop at Macy’s, of course. Macy’s has a line of clothing that has been specially treated to provide protection from the sun. Macy’s UPF clothes give protection from the sun with a sense of style. Some clothes have sun protection factor of 50 allowing the body to stay cool by wicking away moisture and allowing freedom of movement. The clothing is lightweight and made with breathable fabrics.