Some people take to the heat with an enviable ease. Even in the most sweltering heat, they’ll have a ready grin on their face as they take it in. But one shouldn’t assume that they were always that way. It’s often the case that people who look the most at ease have put in a lot of work to reach that point. In short, it can take some tips, tricks, and training to become accustomed to the heat, but it’s also something which almost anyone can accomplish over time.
Do sweat the small stuff
One of the first and biggest mistakes people make comes from trying to fight against their body. The body responds to the environment through a series of responses which we’re often not consciously aware of. And in terms of heat, sweating is one of the most important examples of a larger process in motion.
People associate sweating and heat for good reason. It’s true that we do sweat when we’re hot, but it’s common to essentially confuse cause and effect. People don’t want to feel hot. They also don’t want to let others know they’re feeling hot, so they want to fight against their body’s natural response of sweating.
However, there are quite a few benefits of sweating. The answer isn’t to avoid sweating at all. It’s to cultivate our body and environment into a state where sweating isn’t involved anymore. If you’re sweating, then it’s usually because it’s going to be beneficial to your body while in its current state and environment.
Breaking free of AC
The first and most important step in cultivating heat tolerance is also among the most difficult. One should consider how they react to hot tubs. The water seems terribly hot for the first few seconds, but people’s bodies adjust to that heat after they’ve been totally immersed in it for a while. Imagine how uncomfortable it would be if you instead just kept getting up and sitting down again, never letting your body properly adjust to the heat.
That’s fairly similar to what happens when people try to balance hot days outside and cold air-conditioned environments inside. It’s usually done to such an extreme that the body never really has a chance to learn to adapt to the heat. The worst days of summer don’t come out of nowhere. They were preceded by hot, but not horribly hot days. Those were when the body starts to adjust to the temperature. It doesn’t happen if someone’s spending most of their time in AC chilled environments. Instead of AC, try to get used to ceiling fans and open windows.
Don’t try to avoid the heat
It’s tempting to simply avoid the heat, but getting used to the heat involves actually being active in it. If you go to a jogging trail, you’ll see that the regulars are happily chugging along even in sweltering heat. That is in large part to the fact that they’re spending time being active outdoors.
They’re training their bodies to endure the even higher temperatures generated while running in the heat. On top of that, just being in good shape helps people deal with heat. The summer joggers are also benefiting from the fact that lower levels of body fat help to keep them cooler. And it’s important to note that even older people can benefit from this kind of regular exercise. You must use common sense, however, and not run in the hottest times of the day. Heat stroke is real and you need to take precautions from that happening.
Bring out lighter covers and clothing
People usually remember to dress lighter when they’re going out in the summer heat. You should also remember to keep that in mind when sleeping. You should put away any heavier blankets you’re still using. When you’re half awake it’s just too easy to cling to a comfortable, but overly hot item. And in the morning you’ll wake up overheated. That won’t be the case if the only bedding laid out is light and breezy. Likewise for sleeping garments. Summer is the time to put away anything too heavy and break out the lighter PJs.
And finally, one should take steps to stay hydrated during the day. When people say they hate the heat they’re often really experiencing dehydration on top of heat. Solving one of those problems helps to deal with the other, and it’s especially important that anyone exercising in the heat gets enough water to drink.
You should also look around for a good Thermos or water bottle to carry during the day. Don’t forget to keep filling it back up again. Before long you’ll get into the rhythm of hearing what your body has to say. And, in turn, it’ll become more used to the heat.