It’s no secret that we love doing everything from hiking to kayaking in the summer. Being active also makes it easy to overheat, so we do whatever we can to minimize burning ourselves out. With our summers so short and our list of activities so long, we won’t let heat stroke keep us from enjoying the beautiful weather.
1. Go Swimming.
Whether you’re by a lake, a river, a creek or an ocean, there’s nothing a quick dip in the water can’t cure. Not lucky enough to be waterfront? Don’t worry, nearly every town has a public pool for you to check out and oftentimes, you can even pay for day use at a nearby hotel. For a little extra fun, try to find one that has a water slide or even better, head over to a waterpark that specializes in slides. If you’re really lucky, someone you know might have a pool and if not, you can even pick up an uber cheap kiddie pool from someplace like Walmart or Amazon.
2. Use A Cooling Towel.
Evaporation gives your body the sense of being cooled. Not much different than a fan, a cooling towel that’s been wet down (preferably with cool water) not only gives you instant relief but continues to cool as the water evaporates.
3. Stay Hydrated.
It’s no secret that when you’re running warm, it’s super important to stay hydrated. Nothing triggers heat exhaustion faster than being under watered in the hot sun. Just look at your plants. If they need more water, guaranteed that you do too so drink up! The nice part is that water is free and whether you’re sitting around having a barbecue in the backyard or climbing to the top of a local hill, there’s a water bottle made just for you.
4. Get Up Early.
the sun is hottest from 11 to 2 every day. Want to stay cool? Get up earlier in the summer and beat the heat. Not only does the early bird get the worm, but they also don’t suffer from a heat stroke when deciding that noon is the perfect time to go for a two hour hike. If it helps, do like a lot of warm countries do and take a siesta in the afternoon heat.
5. Find Some Shade.
This won’t help much when the temperature is pushing a hundred but even so, finding a place in the shade is a surefire way to cool off and prevent sun stroke. Can’t find a tree nearby? Bring yourself an umbrella or, if there’s a group of you, a sun shade will do the trick as well. If you’re just enjoying being outside, consider hanging out on the opposite side of the house for few hours when the sun is the warmest and if you’re thinking of going for a hike, consider a trail that’s naturally shaded rather than walking in the full sun.
6. Wear Breathable Clothes.
Stay cool by wearing breathable clothing. Want to cook? Throw on some rubber or latex pants. Want to be chill? Try linen and light cottons or, if you’re a fitness buff, try some stay cool products. A lot of workout gear is aimed at keeping you cooler and whisking away perspiration. Just make sure it’s loose fitting for the summer heat and read the labels to make sure it’s UV resistant.