Spring is in full force and most of us can officially ditch the heavy winter coats. Trees are greener, flowers are starting to bloom and pollen is driving people crazy from coast to coast! You’ve been cooped up in the house all winter and it’s important to get out there and get some fresh air now that the weather is better. However, as the temperature begins to heat up, remember that it brings just as many dangers as the cold, and that means it’s just as important to stay safe and listen to your body if you start feeling poorly.
As you age, you become less efficient at regulating your temperature, which means that weather extremes, hot or cold, can cause serious problems if it goes unchecked. According to the National Institute on Aging, some health factors that increase the risk of overheating include:
- Poor blood circulation
- Heart, lung and kidney diseases
- High blood pressure
- Taking several prescription drugs
- Being substantially overweight
- Drinking alcohol
- Being dehydrated
It’s important to understand the symptoms of overheating and heat stroke, as early detection could quite literally be a life saver. If you feel any of these symptoms coming on while spending a day in the sun, seek medical attention as quickly as possible! Aging In Stride lists some of these symptoms as:
- Body temperature over 104 degrees
- Little to no sweat
- Rapid heart beat
So, what can you do to prevent these symptoms and enjoy the upcoming warmer months? It’s easier than you think, and most likely common sense tips that you have been practicing your entire life. Proper preparation will ensure that you enjoy the months ahead!
- Drink water!!!
- Keep your home cool. Your electric bill might be higher, but it’s worth it!
- Dress appropriately, but remember to pack smart if traveling. It can still get cooler at night in many places.
- Exercise regularly to maintain healthy blood flow and cardiovascular health.
- Wear sunblock to protect your skin.
Most importantly, it’s Spring! And soon to be summer! And most likely, you’ve been cooped up for months – as the winter has been an especially harsh one all over the country. Enjoy the sunshine and warmth, but be safe doing it.