4 Mistakes Brits Make During A Heatwave (And How To Avoid Them)
It doesn’t matter how many years pass — we’re always caught by surprise by the return of a great British heatwave. Here are the four mistakes we make in the face of the hot weather — and how to avoid making the mistakes again.
1. Not drinking enough water
It’s easy to continue drinking the same amount of water you usually do, but during a heatwave, it’s more important than ever to make sure you stay hydrated, as you are naturally sweating more. Not drinking enough water can lead to headaches, nausea and dizziness — and since heatwaves don’t happen often, we all want to make the most of it rather than trying to sleep off the symptoms with massive FOMO!
2. Exercising during the daytime
While it is in many of our routines to get our exercise in, many of us may not be prepared to deal with running 5k in over 30-degree heat. Try doing your activity in the morning or early evening to avoid working out at the hottest part of the day. It may require a bit of reorganising your day, but it’s definitely worth it.
3. Avoiding hot and spicy food
When it comes to summer, we have delicious cold treats on the mind — ice creams, ice lollies, cold lemonade. But actually, we shouldn’t shy away from hot food as much as we usually do. Many of the hottest countries in the world still eat spicy and hot food for a reason — it makes you sweat more, which in turn cools you down. While the idea of a hot soup or warming curry might seem counterintuitive, it will actually help you cope better in the weather.
4. Not eating enough
We’ve all been guilty of avoiding the kitchen when the heat gets too much — because sometimes the last thing you want to do is stand over a stove in the peak of summer. And while we love the occasional ‘picky dinner’ consisting of whatever random leftover picnic bits are in the fridge, they may not always be the most substantial of dinners. Make sure you eat enough — and if you don’t want to cook, there’s nothing like an allplants dinner ready and waiting in the freezer to save the day.
by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.