Keeping Your Cool in the Summer Heat
- by TEVA'S LIFT MS® TEAM
- July 04, 2016
Summer is right around the corner, and that means temperatures are rising. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, many people with MS experience “heat intolerance,” or a temporary worsening of symptoms when the weather is very hot or humid.
If that’s true for you or a loved one living with MS, we have some suggestions to help beat the heat.
- Keep your environment a consistent temperature whenever possible. With high heat indexes outside, that may mean planning for indoor activities where air conditioning is available.
- Try MS cooling vests, neck wraps and bandannas. These wearables can be soaked in cool water and worn during exercise or outdoor activities to help regulate body temperature. Check out the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) Cooling Program for more info.
- Hit the pool. Many local parks and recreation programs and YMCAs offer aquatic exercise classes that can help keep you cool while exercising. Read about the benefits of aquatic exercise for those with MS. Don't start an exercise routine without first discussing with your doctor.
- Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing. Dark clothes absorb more light and heat from the sun. Stick with bright, light fabrics for a more comfortable summer outfit.
- Plan inside activities. Try to stay in the AC when temperatures skyrocket outside. Movies are always a favorite. You can go to the theater or reserve some of your favorite movies on DVD at the library and invite friends over for a personal screening at home.
- Schedule outdoor activities during the cooler morning or evening hours whenever possible.
- Stay hydrated. During warm weather, it’s more important than ever to drink plenty of fluids. Drinking cool water can help keep you cool and refreshed.
What are some of your favorite ways to make the most of hot days? Share your favorite warm-weather tips in a comment below.
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Do not use COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.