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Top 7 Ways to Beat the Heat and Stay Cool During the Summer

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Written by Randy Stancovici

The blazing heat of the summer is tough on our bodies. If you don't have the luxury of staying indoors where your AC is blasting on high, then you know how hard it can be to stay cool during the summer months. Most of us need to work, so there is no escaping the brutal summer heat. But don't let the heat stop you. There are ways you can beat the heat and stay cool without sacrificing your sanity.

Here are the top 10 ways you can beat the heat and stay cool:

7. Drink more water

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This may seem like a no brainer, but you'd be surprised at just how many people do not drink enough water during the day. To be safe, you should follow the 8 by 8 rule which states that you should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day.

6. Take precautions to avoid excessive sweat

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I live in New York City. So I know how bad it is to be standing on a hot subway platform while sweating like a mad man. It's brutal. There are tricks you can use to counter excessive sweating. You can try putting on deodorant the night before. Your sweat glands are more active in the morning which causes your deodorant to be less effective.

5. Get a portable fan

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The other day I bought a portable fan that sprays mist into your face while fanning you. What a time to be alive. Get yourself one of these babies and take them with you on those scorching hot days.

4. Avoid eating hot foods

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A few weeks ago, I went to a nice little Korean place and got the soup. Bad decision. Since it's already hot outside, eating anything hot will only amplify the effects of the heat. You definitely do not want to go down that road.

3. Exercise comfortably

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My personal recommendation is to get a gym membership and avoid exercising in the heat. But if that's not something that is possible, then there are alternative exercises such as swimming and various other water sports that can definitely get the job done.

2. Sleep on top of a wet sheet or cloth

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Sleeping in the heat is the absolute worst because it often prevents you from getting the proper rest that you need in order to function the next day. If you're trying to save money on your electric bill, you can try sleeping on a wet sheet or cloth. You'll be able to remain cool even in the sweltering heat.

1. Know your body's best cooling points

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Finally, if you're trapped in the heat and aren't able to find a cooler place, then you can apply an ice pack, or cold towel to your cooling points. This can include wrists, forehead, etc. By knowing your cooling points, you'll be able to cool yourself off faster and more effectively.

Source: [Lifehacker]

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Each these answers were great. However, I do have to disargee with #4. Hispanic people have been known to eat hot and spicy food continually. They also usually live in a warmer climate. It helps eating spicy foods under most circumstances, since the body is adaptable and the spicy foods are benificial to your health.

    • Interesting point! Culture and geography definitely impact what kinds of foods a person can handle in the heat. Thanks for the input!

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