How to Cope with Humidity
It really depends where you live but one disadvantage of living in warmer climes is having to cope with the humidity. I personally cannot cope with the heat (my eldest daughter is even worse), and would much rather have “traditional British weather” – not too hot, not too cold, or it starts to affect me.
Any rise in temperature or humidity will have me breaking out in sweat at the drop of a hat, and I have learned some techniques over the years to cope with it …
Humidity actually refers to the level of water vapor in the air. For a more detailed description of what humidity is refer to the wikipedia definition of humidity … “Higher humidity reduces the effectiveness of sweating in cooling the body by reducing the rate of evaporation of moisture from the skin”.
In other words, humidity interferes with your body’s ability to cool off because sweat sits on your skin instead of evaporating. High heat and humidity present a double dose of discomfort.
So here are my top tips for coping with humidity and high temperatures
1. Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated which is important in maintaining the correct body temperature. If you are playing sport then a sports drink (to replace salt or other minerals) should also be considered, but in all honesty pure water is the best way of staying hydrated .
2. Limit Alcohol and Caffeine.
Some common substances act as diuretics and will make you more prone to dehydration. Take it easy with coffee and alcoholic drinks in general on hot and humid days. Stick to water …!
3. Adjust Your Exercise Routine.
Even though it’s often cooler in the early morning, that’s when humidity levels are usually higher. On the muggiest days, consider indoor activities or reduce the duration and intensity of your workout.
4 Dress Appropriately.
Breathable materials such as cotton and linen will help, as will loose fitting, light clothing. Wear shorts and light shoes if it is appropriate to do so …
5. Find the Right Deodorant
I actually use a combination of two deodorants – one a “stick/solid” deodorant and then a spray. the combination works really well for me, but experiment and find out what works best for you
6. Go For A Drive
Go for a drive and use the air conditioning in your car to cool down – this can work wonders but probably best done on your own
7. Allow Extra Time For Your Appointments
If you are going to an appointment and worried about arriving in a sweat then allow some extra time so that when you arrive you can cool down for a little while. This will also stop you rushing …
8. Keep your Humidifier Serviced and Clean
If you have a humidifier at the home or office then make sure it is serviced and clean. Some studies claim that more than half of US homes have unhealthy levels of humidity. Indoor humidifiers can be good for your skin and sinuses, but keep them clean to avoid increasing mold counts.
9. Move plants outdoors.
Let your indoor plants camp outside for the summer. Vegetation creates a lot of atmospheric moisture.
10. Use Portable Fans or Ceiling Fans
Fans really help to circulate the air and can be really useful when it is very hot or humid. Portable fans can be moved around to where you are and they are more environmentally friendly than air conditioning
11. Take Regular Cold Showers
Taking regular cold showers will help you stay fresh and reduce your body temperature. I always avoid washing my hair regularly though as this seems to make things worse during the hot weather
12. Get In Condition
Take my word for it, the fitter you are the better you will be able to cope with the heat…
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I hope you got something from the article. My advice is to simply work out a plan for yourself. Work out how you are going to cope with the heat. Stay hydrated , follow the top tips above both inside and outside and you should go a long way towards coping with humidity.