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Keeping Cool and Hydrated during the Summer


Summer is here, and for many it’s a time to enjoy being outdoors with family and friends. Whether your outdoor fun includes participating in sports, picnics, swimming, or maybe just sitting out on the front porch it’s important to keep cool and hydrated during the warm summer weather.


Tips to Keep Cool and Hydrated

Think Preventative
According to Dr. Stephanie Porter “many people wait until their thirsty to drink water, but unfortunately that is not an accurate way to measure a need for water. In fact when we experience thirst, we are usually already dehydrated”.
Drink plenty of water before, during and after any outdoor physical activities to avoid dehydration and heat stroke. Eating Fruits and vegetables is also highly recommended to help keep hydrated because fruits and vegetables contain large amounts of potassium, vitamins, and minerals that help to restore the body’s fluid loss.

Play smart
Plan your summertime outdoor activities in the early morning or later evening when possible to avoid illnesses associated with heat and physical activity such as dehydration, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke.
Many physical activities can also be done indoors. A few ideas for indoor family fun are indoor basketball, indoor volleyball, indoor swimming, indoor soccer, indoor rock climbing, and indoor dancing.

Dress lightly
To help keep cool this summer wear loose fitting, light weight, light colored clothing in breathable fabric. Wearing excess clothing or clothing that fits tightly won’t allow your body to cool properly. Protecting your skin is also very important because a sunburn may affect your body’s ability to cool itself. Dermatologists recommend using an SPF of 15 or more year around for all skin types.

American Heart Association
Mayo Clinic
American Melanoma Foundation

Attend one of the FREE exercise programs offered by the City of Los Fresnos.

For more information contact Christine De La Rosa at 956-407-3348 or email at [email protected] or Los Fresnos City Hall at 956-233-5768.