When Mother Nature cranks up the thermostat and you’re facing a day, a week or even a whole summer of triple digit temperatures, your life doesn’t stop. But wicked heat can stop you in your tracks if you’re not prepared for it, and nobody wants that! Read on for some helpful tips to stay cool in hot weather that will have you breezing through summer like a BOSS!
Start the day off cool
Eating the right thing for breakfast can start your day off right. The mornings tend to be more comfortable since it really hasn’t had a chance to get really hot yet. This means that your body will be able to do a better job at digesting the food since it won’t be using a lot of energy trying to keep you cool. A cool soothing breakfast like Greek yogurt, fresh fruit salads (our South of the Border fruit salad is a great warm weather breakfast), bagels and lox and fruit smoothies are a wonderful and healthy way to start out a hot day.
Keep it cool
Take a lukewarm shower, the cool water will feel great and keep your body at a constant temperature. A cold shower can cause your body to go into warm-up overdrive actually causing you to overheat after getting out.
Dress for success
Dress in light colors and breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. Dark colors tend to draw the heat and some synthetic fabrics will trap the heat which isn’t what you want on a triple digit day.
Drink, drink, drink
Keep a large bottle of water handy and sip from it all day long. You can give it a little vavoom by squeezing a little lemon, lime or orange into it if you like. Try to stay away from caffeine and alcohol as they can dehydrate you.
Your body is so busy trying to keep itself cool that heavy foods just become a burden. Salads, cold soups like gazpacho and light sandwiches are the way to go on sweltering summer days.
In the cool of the evening when everything is getting kinda groovy…
Schedule outdoor physical activities like washing your car, exercising, yard work or gardening for early morning or early evening when the temperatures are a little cooler.
Keep a wet hand towel in the fridge; if you start to feel overheated drape it around your neck for an instant cooler.