It's no secret that summer can be brutally hot. When the mercury starts to rise, it can be tough to stay cool.
That's why we've put together this guide on how to stay cool in summer and beat the heat. From simple tips like dressing for the weather to cooling down with a Cool Links® cooling towel, we've got you covered.
Why Is Summer So Hot?
Before we get into how to stay cool in summer, let's take a look at why it's so darn hot.
First, the Earth's tilt causes the Northern Hemisphere to be closer to the sun during summer. This makes the days longer and the sun's rays more direct, which leads to higher temperatures.
Plus, many parts of the world experience what's known as a "heat dome" during summer. This is when a high-pressure system traps warm air near the surface, leading to even hotter temperatures.
So, that's why it's so hot during summer. Don't worry; we've got some simple tips on how to stay cool down below.
Dress for the Weather
One of the simplest and most effective ways to stay cool in summer is to dress for the weather. That means lightweight, loose-fitting clothing in light colors.
Natural fabrics like cotton and linen are your best bet, as they'll help you stay cooler than synthetic materials. If you can, avoid dark colors, as they absorb more heat from the sun.
Another easy way to keep cool is to wear a hat or sunglasses when you're outdoors. Not only will this protect you from the sun's harmful rays, but it will also help keep your head and face cooler.
Drink Lots of Fluids
Staying hydrated is key to keeping your cool in summer. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids — especially water — throughout the day.
If you're going to be outside for extended periods of time, consider carrying a water bottle so you can stay hydrated on the go. If you're exercising or spending time in a hot environment, make sure to drink even more fluids to replace those lost through sweating.
Stay in the Shade
One of the best ways to stay cool in summer is to limit your exposure to the sun. If possible, stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day, which are typically between 10 AM and 4 PM.
When you do venture outdoors, make sure to seek out shade whenever possible. This will help keep your body temperature down and prevent you from getting overheated.
Why Sunscreen Is a Must in the Summer
In addition to limiting your exposure to the sun, it's also important to wear sunscreen when you’re outdoors. Sunscreen helps protect your skin from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can cause sunburn, skin damage, and even skin cancer.
So, make sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 before heading outdoors, and reapply it every two hours or as needed. If you're going to be spending time in the water, look for a waterproof sunscreen that will stay on even when you're sweating or swimming.
Jump in the Pool
Another fantastic way to stay cool in summer is to take a dip in the pool. Not only is swimming a reliable way to beat the heat, but it's also a rigorous workout.
Next time you're feeling hot in the summer months, take a break and cool off with a refreshing swim. Your body will thank you for it.
Turn on a Fan
Fans are must-haves to keep cool in summer, as they help circulate air and can make a room feel several degrees cooler.
If you don't have air conditioning, setting up a few fans around your home can be a simple way to stay cool. Just be sure to place them in strategic locations — such as near windows and doors — to get the most out of their cooling power.
How Much Electricity Do Fans Use?
Fans use far less electricity than air conditioners, so they'll save you money on your energy bills.
Plus, fans can actually make a room feel cooler than an air conditioner because they circulate the air and create a "wind-chill" effect. If you're looking for a more efficient and cost-effective way to stay cool in summer, consider using fans instead of air conditioners.
Use Ice Packs
Applying ice packs to your pulse points is another simple way to stay cool in summer. Pulse points are areas where blood vessels are close to the surface of the skin, such as the wrists, neck, and temples.
Enjoy Some Fresh Fruit
In addition to hydrating your body, eating fresh fruit can also help you stay cool in summer.
Fruits like watermelon and cucumber are not only refreshing, but they're also packed with water and nutrients that can help keep your body hydrated and healthy. The next time you're looking for a quick and healthy snack, reach for some fresh fruit instead of processed junk food.
Work Out Indoors
It’s pretty easy to overheat while exercising. This is why it's important to stay hydrated and take breaks as needed when you're working out in hot weather. If you must exercise outdoors, try to do so early in the morning or evening when it's cooler.
Working out in the evening is an easy and practical way to avoid the heat and still get your exercise. Not only will you be cooler, but you'll also have more energy to work out since it's not as hot.
When possible, work out indoors in an air-conditioned environment. This will help keep your body temperature down and prevent you from overheating.
Sit Under an Umbrella
If you're spending time outdoors, make sure to sit under an umbrella or another type of shelter. This will help shield you from the sun's harmful rays and keep you cool in summer.
Don’t Forget About Your Feet!
Your feet can be a major source of heat in your body, so it's important to keep them cool in summer.
Wearing sandals or open-toed shoes can help your feet stay cool, as they allow air to circulate around your feet.
You can also try soaking your feet in cold water for a quick and easy way to cool down.
Take a Cold Shower or Bath
Taking a cold shower or bath is one of the best ways to lower your body temperature and stay cool in summer.
The cool water helps regulate your body temperature and prevents you from overheating. Plus, it feels amazing on hot, sweaty days.
Make Homemade Popsicles
Another easy way to stay cool in summer is to make your own popsicles.
Popsicles are a refreshing and healthy treat that you can easily make at home. And they're perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth on hot days.
To make your own popsicles, simply combine your favorite fruits, juices, and yogurt in a blender and blend until smooth. Then pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for several hours.
You can also add herbs like mint or basil to your popsicles for an extra refreshing kick.
Use a Cool Links® Wearable Towel
If you're looking for a cool, refreshing way to beat the heat, look no further than Cool Links®. Made from cooling fabric like a traditional cooling towel, these towels have a 2-in-1 secret: they come with reusable frozen cubes that fit seamlessly into the fabric.
These frozen cubes bring cooling power right into your muscle tissue to keep you cooler for longer — and they cool you down more quickly, too.
Whenever you need some cooling relief, just freeze and snap to activate the Cool Links® towel for hours.
If you don't have access to a freezer when you're out in the hot sun, no worries. Simply wet the towel in cold water, wring it out, and drape it around your neck or over your head. The cooling fabric will help regulate your body temperature and keep you feeling refreshed, even on the hottest days.
Why Is It Important To Stay Cool in the Summer?
Staying cool in the summer is important for two main reasons:
- To prevent heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- To keep your body working properly. When it's hot outside, your body has to work harder to maintain a normal internal temperature.
This can lead to dehydration, which can make you feel tired, dizzy, and lightheaded.
We’re Cool for the Summer
If you thought that it was impossible to avoid the heat in the summer — think again! With Cool Links® around your neck and the helpful tips listed above, you’ll feel refreshed and comfy all summer long.
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