There are many things to love about summer – longer days, warmer weather, swimming, barbecues – but the sweltering heat is not one of them. Unfortunately, older people have an increased risk of heat-related illnesses, so as the temperature soars, it’s important that you stay cool and hydrated to avoid heat stress, heatstroke, and dehydration. For help, check out our list of 10 ways to stay cool this summer.
10 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer
1. Wear lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting fabrics.
Check the forecast each day and dress appropriately. On very hot days, stick with light, breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. Light-colored items will absorb less heat, and loose-fitting clothes will keep your body cooler.
2. Use a portable fan.
If you’ll be spending a large portion of your day outside, consider bringing a portable fan along. They’re affordable, effective, and convenient to carry with you. When you can’t rely on air conditioning, a little fan is a nice alternative.
3. Go outside early or late in the day.
If you cherish the time you spend outside, you might feel frustrated by the idea of staying inside in the AC this summer. Luckily, you don’t have to stay inside all day long. If you want to go for a long walk or spend a few hours gardening, just try to do it early or late in the day. Typically the hottest and most dangerous part of the day stretches from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.
4. Stay in the shade.
Although the air temperature is the same whether you’re exposed to the sun or in the shade, solar radiation will make your body feel 10–15 degrees warmer than the air temperature. Plus, if you stay in the shade, you won’t have to worry about getting a sunburn.
5. Drink lots of fluids.
Hydration is especially important in the summer because your body becomes more dehydrated as you sweat. Even if you think you’re drinking enough water, you’re probably not. Plain water is best; if you find it boring, try adding slices of lemon or cucumber to your water for flavor.
6. Dust loose powder on areas where you sweat a lot.
If you’re prone to perspiration, try dusting powder on areas where you tend to sweat, like your décolletage, back, and feet. You could use baby powder or simple cornstarch powder, applying the powder when you’re completely dry. The powder will absorb your sweat, making you feel dry and comfortable.
7. Eat lighter, cooler foods.
This may seem a little obvious, but it’s worth mentioning: Hot foods may make you feel hotter, whereas cool foods can be chillingly refreshing. Avoid hot, carb-heavy meals like stew, soup, and pasta. Instead, try to eat things like fresh produce, salads, fish, and chicken.
8. Treat yourself to some frozen sweets.
Speaking of cool foods, why not treat yourself to some icy snacks? Not only do they taste great, but also they may help you cool down. Popsicles and snow cones are popular choices. Another great option is frozen grapes, which are cheap, refreshing, and easy to make.
9. Cool your pulse points.
Your body’s pulse points are areas where blood vessels are close to the surface of the skin. Because the blood in those vessels will travel throughout your body, you can cool your body quickly by cooling your pulse points. So if you’re feeling overly hot, try placing an ice pack or cold compress on your wrists, neck, elbows, groin, ankles, or behind the knees.
10. Stay inside.
When the temperature skyrockets, stay inside if you can and enjoy the air conditioning. If you do choose to go outside, come back in periodically to cool off and lower your body temperature again.
We hope this list of 10 ways to stay cool this summer has reminded you to take care of your body on those steamy, scorching days. Keep cool, folks!
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