Dawn Henthorn is an editor and freelance wrier who grew up in, and loves, Florida. She is currently a contributing writer for Orlando Family Magazine. We are pleased to bring you some tips that she has to offer on how to beat the heat in Florida.
Temperatures in the 80s and 90s combined with high humidity is enough to wilt even the most enthusiastic sun worshipper. When temperatures rise, older adults in particular are at risk because aging reduces the body’s ability to cool off. Here are some common sense and fun ways to beat the Florida heat.
- Water. Drink plenty of it… even if you are not thirsty. Carry a refillable water bottle. Saving money on purchasing bottled water may encourage you to drink more.
- Dress appropriately. Dress in light-weight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Cotton fabric is suggested.
- Wear a hat or carry an umbrella. Blocking the sun’s harmful rays will reduce your chances of sunburn, AND make you feel cooler.
- Avoid midday heat. The sun is the hottest between noon and 4:00 p.m. This is a good time to have lunch, nap, go to a movie, or go shopping… indoors.
- Do use “keep your cool” gadgets. Whether it is a spray bottle to mist your face, a small personal fan, an umbrella hat, or a thermal-cool neck wrap – they do help!
- Limit vigorous activity. Limiting vigorous activity during the hottest part of the day is advised.
- Seek air conditioning. If the temperature is above 90 degrees, fans alone often cannot protect you against heat-related illness.
- Eat light. Avoid heavy foods and opt for foods high in water content – fruits, salads, and soups.
- Take baths and showers. Water conducts heat away from the body, so taking frequent tepid baths or showers is a good cooling technique.
- Enjoy water play. Whether it is the ocean, your hotel pool, a water park, or an interactive splash fountain… enjoy playing in the water wherever you are.