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5 Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

Updated on February 5, 2016

Summer is a fun season as this is the time when we go out to the beach, have a picnic, go hiking or camping, and pretty much any other outdoor activity. However, since it’s the hottest season of all, there are a number of dangers associated with it such as heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Heat exhaustion is a condition wherein your body sweats a lot and your pulse rate goes up than normal. Other symptoms are muscle cramps, excessive thirst, weakness, and loss of consciousness.

You might opt to just stay at home and cool it off, but even your house can be a heat trap if you don’t prepare properly against the heat.

So to help you beat the summer heat, here are a few tips so you can stay cool during this hot season.

1. Drink plenty of water.

Our body is composed of around 60% of water so it is only natural that you should keep replenishing it to avoid getting dehydrated. Dehydration is a condition wherein the loss of water in the body exceeds the amount of water being taken in. A simple rule to follow is to avoid getting thirsty by drinking water every now and then. Doctors say that once you’ve felt thirsty, that’s already a clear sign that your body is dehydrated. So drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water or about two liters each day. To be extra healthy, just drink plain water and avoid sugary drinks like cola.

2. Install and maintain your air conditioner.

This is a pretty much obvious solution. But let’s say you already have an air conditioner at home, you should always maintain and clean it by regularly cleaning the filters and checking the hoses for any leaks. You may also hire a professional cleaner to thoroughly clean your unit.

Also, when it comes to air conditioners, considering getting a split type system because it is more efficient than window type units and is more effective in maintaining the temperature that you desire. A 3.5kw inverter split type air conditioning unit is a good option as it has enough cooling capacity for mid-sized rooms.

3. Indulge in some cold treats.

When the weather is really too hot, giving yourself some cold treats would be a great help in beating the heat. Why not have a tub of ice cream always ready in your refrigerator? A scoop or two would surely put a smile on your face and ward off the heat. You may also mix yourself some cold drinks if you want to do something even more special. Perhaps it’s time to unleash the barista in you! Of course, there is always the more handy and healthier iced water especially if you’re watching your weight.

4. Exercise even when it’s hot.

Don’t let the heat stop you from staying in shape. There are many ways to help you stay cool while exercising. You should wear light clothes with fabrics that can easily wick off moisture. You can also exercise in an air-conditioned gym. You may also do some water-based exercises instead of your usual routines. Swimming is a great form of exercise as it involves moving your whole body plus you do it in water so you can stay cool most of the time. Whatever exercise you choose, don’t forget to regularly drink water especially during intervals so you can avoid getting heat exhaustion.

5. Chill your mattress.

This is one is easy. Just get some soft gel packs, put them in the freezer for a few hours then before you go to bed, place them underneath your bed sheets. This is sure to keep you cold and cozy for the whole night. Another way to do it is by placing your sheets and pillow cases inside plastic bags and putting them in the freezer. Take them out and use them when you’re about to go to sleep.

Beat the heat so you can enjoy the summer weather.

Don’t let the scorching heat ruin your summer. You just need to be a bit more resourceful and inventive. Just follow the tips mentioned above and you’ll be able to keep your cool during this very hot season.

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