Lagos is Nigeria’s commercial nerve center and as such there a lot of outdoor activities that take place. What follows are so many complaints about how hot the Lagos weather is. These complaints are also similar to the heavy rains. The important question now is how to stay cool in Lagos hot weather.
Stay hydrated regularly
Hot weather causes you to sweat, so drinking plenty of water to replenish the lost fluids in your body is extremely important. Have a water bottle within reach as you go about your day and remind yourself to drink up and prevent dehydration. For extra energy and something a little less bland, isotonic drinks work too!
Avoid dark and tight clothing because they tend to trap heat. Opt for light, airy clothing (preferably cotton!) to allow your body to breathe.
Moderate room temperatures
Set your air conditioners to a lower temperature and use curtains or blinds to keep direct sunlight out. Refrain from using dark-coloured curtains or blinds as they can trap heat and cause your room temperature to rise. If you don’t have air conditioners, place a tray or dish of ice in front of a fan and it’ll help to cool your room quickly. Make sure your room is well-ventilated so that you can breathe too!
Stay in the shade
When you’re outdoors, make sure you stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible. Carry an umbrella or wear a hat if you have to. Most importantly, apply a generous amount of sunscreen to protect your skin from the searing sun. If possible, walk under trees and sheltered walkways for shade.
Know your body’s cooling points
Your wrist and your neck are the most prominent cooling points on your body. To cool down more effectively, use a cold towel or spritz some cool water onto these cooling points.
It’s easy to overexert yourself – especially when it’s blistering hot out. If you don’t have access to air-conditioned gyms, opt to work out in the morning or evening to avoid the scorching afternoon sun. Also, swap long cardio sessions with quick interval training to ensure your body doesn’t overheat!
Eat food with high nutrients
The heatwave will make you sweat and become more lethargic, so it’s vital to replenish your body with the nutrients it needs. Include food with higher water content (fruits and vegetables) in your diet to energise yourself with hydration and nutrients.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol
Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages can dehydrate you, and that’s the last thing you want during a heatwave. Avoid coffee, energy and alcoholic drinks altogether.