Friday, July 22, 2011

Feeling HOT HOT HOT!

People, it is freaking hot out. Like over 100 degrees hot. OMG.

I am officially hibernating, or whatever you call it when you refuse to leave your air conditioned apartment. And I highly recommend you do the same. Heat kills, and not just your nice outfits because of your sweat stains. But really, people die from this heat. Basically your body can't compensate with the heat and you pretty much bake from the inside.

Some tips for not baking from the inside out in this heat:
 1. Do NOT leave the AC unless you have to. Seriously, stay inside where there is AC.
 2. Drink LOTS of water. I'm talking by the gallon here. And no, iced coffee and soda doesn't count, those drinks actually make things worse. Oh, and limit the margaritas for the same reason.
 3. Gatorade or other electrolyte replacement drink is totally necessary if you are sweating. You need to replace the salts and minerals that your body is losing from schvitzing.
  4. Wear little clothing and a big ass hat if you have to go outside. I'm not saying to prance around naked, but look at this as a chance to have an excuse to dress like a hoochie. And of course, use sunscreen.
  5. Have a buddy. The CDC recommends that you tell peeps where you are going so that they can check on you. Also check up on older or sick folk to make sure they are alright. The heat can make you confused or lose consciousness so always good to have people know where you are and for you to check on loved ones.
 6. Sit on your ass. Look at it as a mandatory exercise vacation. It is recommended that you don't exercise or over exert yourself. So take a break from the workout and veg on the couch.
 7. Eat gazpacho and salads. Ok, that is what I am eating, so join me in not eating anything heated (I am also refusing to cook). It's just too damn hot to be adding warmth to the inside of your body.

And of course, if you have any medical problem or are on medication, check in with your doctor to see what you should do. Watch out for older folk and little munchkin children - they are super sensitive to the heat. Read these guidelines from the CDC to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and heat cramps.

Stay cool my friends!

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