The Heat is On!

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Avoiding the heat just isn’t an option if you are living in Bali. If the humidity is way up, you’re in double trouble because your sweat “sticks” to your skin; it doesn’t evaporate as readily, which can send body temperature even higher.

Drink up

To keep cool, make sure first of all that you’re drinking plenty of water. Since our bodies are about 50 to 60% water, it is vital to maintain this amount. We tend to lose about 2 to 3% during typical exercise and activity, especially on hot days. While you’re exercising, drink 8 to 10 ounces of water every 20 minutes. After exercise, drink more – at minimum, another 8 ounces. You’ll know you’re hydrated when your urine is pale yellow or straw colored.

Avoid the hottest part of the day

Rise early to catch the cool of the morning, or go out at sunset or later. In the heat of midday, take cover under shade. Jump in a pool.

Wear light-colored, lightweight clothing

Dark colors absorb the heat, which can make you feel as if you’re wrapped in a warm blanket. Heavyweight, tight-fitting clothing will also heat you up. Keep it loose. Keep it light. More air will be able to circulate over your skin, keeping you cool.

Eat snacks to maintain energy

But pick juicy snacks like fruit. The last thing you need in scorching heat are dry snacks like crackers, popcorn that require your body to add water. Plus, dry snacks are often dense with calories, which means they can easily foil weight-loss goals, summer or winter.

Listen to your body

Stop and find a cool environment if you experience signs or symptoms of heat-related illness, such as fatigue, dizziness or muscle cramps, clumsiness, headache, nausea or confusion.

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