It’s hot outside. Last week over 100 record temperatures were recorded and according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), “The first six months of 2012 were the warmest on record for the contiguous United States as a whole, and for many locations across the United States.” And it’s only getting hotter. Here in Georgia, our warmest months tend to be July and August, so we’re heading into the worst of summer. With that in mind, here are 5 tips to beat the summer heat.
Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated is very important, and drinking water is the easiest way to achieve this goal. Not only is it good for your health, it is also great for your skin, too. Can you drink too much water? Yes, but if you stay in the recommended 8 – 12 glasses a day and don’t drink too fast, you should be fine. If you’re exercising, consider a sports drink to help replace your electrolytes. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages because, while they may quench your thirst, they actually dehydrate you.
Choose Indoor Activities
Consider activities indoors, especially during the hottest part of the day. See a movie, check out a local museum or even find an indoor playground. If you’re looking to get some exercise, head over to the local mall and window shop while you power walk in the cool AC. If you have kids, consider having rest time in the afternoon where they can watch TV, nap or read a book. Convince them to take part in rest time, by telling them they’ll get additional outdoors time later at night when the temperatures have cooled down and the lighting bugs have come out to play.
Hit the Pool
The pool is a great place to relax and cool off. You don’t need your own as many neighborhoods and communities have pools for you to play at. Need help finding a pool? Try the online Swimmers Guide. Don’t forget, though, to wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. Also consider avoiding the pool during the hottest part of the day. Oftentimes, you’re having so much fun at the pool that you forget to drink water. It’s easy to get dehydrated, even surrounded by water, so drink up!
Stay Cool in the Kitchen
We all know ice cream can keep us cool, but what about the other 3 meals a day? Use fresh summer vegetables and consider more salads and no-cook meals in the summer. Sandwiches are another cool, fast idea for meals on the go. Looking for other summer options? Check out some recipes from TLC.com in their seasonal menu section called “10 Coolest Summer Foods“.
Wear Light, Loose Cotton Clothing
Light colored clothing reflects the sunlight, helping you to stay cool. Loose, cotton clothing helps your body maintain its normal cooling process (aka sweating), which prevents you from overheating. By wearing light, loose cotton clothing, you can help beat the summer heat. Need some options? Try our Womens Jersey Tank. It comes in light colors and is a cool, loose alternative to traditional ribbed tank tops. An option for the kids is our Toddler T-Shirt which comes in 43 colors! Surely you can find one to keep your kids cool.
So how hot is it where you are? What do you do to stay cool in the summer? Do you have any tips not listed here? Let us know how you beat the summer heat by commenting below or on our Facebook page.