What's your favorite way to beat the heat every summer?

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  1. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image83
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 11 years ago

    What's your favorite way to beat the heat every summer?

    How do you chill out and cool off?  Some soothing food?  A vacation?  Any tips on how we can survive the heat?

  2. jimmyglaughlin profile image81
    jimmyglaughlinposted 11 years ago

    Go jump in a lake! But, seriously, what if the someone who is asked this question lives in a cooler climate that does not have the 'heat' of the Summer?

    1. fpherj48 profile image61
      fpherj48posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      jimmy!!   Please tell me WHERE that place is....that never has HEAT!!!    I'm packed and ready!

    2. MizBejabbers profile image87
      MizBejabbersposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Right about that! I made a trip to Chicago some years ago for a wedding with an outdoor reception and dance. The temp was 99 degrees in Chicago, and it was also 99 degrees in Arkansas.

  3. ChitrangadaSharan profile image92
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 11 years ago

    Fluids and lot of fluids. I start the day with a glass of lemon juice followed by fruit platter, fruits which have more water content, such as Cucumber, Water melon, Musk melon etc. Raw mango juice and Lassi are another favorite options to beat the heat.
    The idea is to remain hydrated so that one can avoid getting heat stroke. During summer, it is good to eat light food because the digestion becomes poor. Less of cereals and more of fruits, veggies and lots of water.

  4. elayne001 profile image78
    elayne001posted 11 years ago

    A fan, some otai (watermelon drink), and if it gets real bad, a trip to the beach usually does the trick.

  5. fpherj48 profile image61
    fpherj48posted 11 years ago

    Marcy.    This is an easy one for a HEAT-HATER like me.....I stay inside with air-conditioning......do outdoor things, only if & when it cools in the evening.....PRE-cool my car, if driving somewhere......Park close to the stores, so I'm only out of the COOL for a few seconds......Frequent ONLY air-conditioned stores and establishments.......Never see my friends who LOVE THE HEAT, HUMIDITY, BEACHES, BOATING & OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.
    I am very serious too.   I have a severe aversion to temperatures above 70 (even that, is too warm for me)...No BREEZE??  OMG!!! .and I hate unbearable humidity, even more.....I do not like the sun beating on me.....hurting my eyes....and causing me to be drenched from head to toe within 2 minutes.....I feel worn out, fatigued, stifled, smothered and overwhelmed.   And just think, I only have to deal with high temps about 3 or 4 months a year.  I could NOT and would NEVER move South! 
    Don't ask......My body Thermostat must be off.....I don't know.   I DO know that I am of a small minority.   But, that's OK.

  6. maggs224 profile image81
    maggs224posted 10 years ago

    I find a quick dip in the outdoor pool is a lovely way to cool off. If I can get cool and the pool is a very good way to do that, then when I return indoors it is much easier to stay cool, of course I like to have the fans going too. We have air-conditioning but we only put it on very rarely as I am not keen.

    I find a dip in the ocean is OK but the walk back to my home from the beach cancels out any cooling benefit as by the time I get home I will have well and truly overheated.

  7. Man of Strength profile image72
    Man of Strengthposted 10 years ago

    Being that I work outside, I gulp down water like a fish. I do treat myself to McDonald's soft serve ice cream cones as well. Yummy!

    1. Woodmckinney profile image66
      Woodmckinneyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Mhmm! Caramel ice cream and their iced coffee that is surprisingly DELICIOUS!

  8. baygirl33 profile image59
    baygirl33posted 10 years ago

    Hi Marcy!
    I use fans over a dish of ice,keep my window blinds down and my windows shut on the sunny side and  up on the shaded side of my house.
    I use the micro wave or bbq instead of the kitchen stove and do my soups,and laundry at night when the air is cooler.
    I wrote a hub about this some time ago,stressing how to keep cool without breaking the bank.
    I seldom use my air conditioning.
    Hope this helps!

    1. Woodmckinney profile image66
      Woodmckinneyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I have never heard of using a dish of ice under the fan... I could have saved so much money on my electric! My family always kept it 66 degrees in the house during the summer ( using 3 air conditioners.. One level house with 2 bedrooms).

  9. mybipolarIIlife profile image58
    mybipolarIIlifeposted 10 years ago

    I tend to make a lot of smoothies/slushies smile
    slushies made with juice instead of the sugary syrups
    pina coladas, margaritas, daiquiris of course
    and at one point, staying indoors staying away from the sun

  10. catfish33 profile image80
    catfish33posted 10 years ago

    Two words:  AIR CONDITIONING!!!  Anything over 90 degrees, and I'm toast,...

  11. JessBraz profile image92
    JessBrazposted 10 years ago

    Drink lots and lots and lots of water... I'm fortunate enough to live by a river, so if it's unbearable a jump in the river usually does it..
    I also keep all my blinds down to keep the sun out of the house...I use white blinds, dark or black blinds attract heat.... Keep all the doors open in every room so that air can circulate throughout the entire house... And sometimes when we're in the middle of a really bad heat wave, before I go to bed at night, I'll put a few pairs of thin cotton socks inside a ziplock bag, then put them in the freezer... It feels soooo lovely to put frozen socks on your feet... Mind you, they don't stay cold for long.. BUT, the best way to cool down is to keep your head and feet cool.. So the extra shot of cold on the tootsies helps to bring your body temp. down.


  12. Thief12 profile image89
    Thief12posted 10 years ago

    Turn on the A/C, of course! And fans when I'm on a room with no A/C. Luckily I work in A/C too, so I only have to worry about evenings and nights.

  13. DexisView profile image80
    DexisViewposted 10 years ago

    Hanging by the shore as much as possible.  The ocean breeze always keeps things a few degrees cooler and my toes crave the sand smile  Sun block and a beach umbrella keep the sun from doing too much damage.  Bring lots of water to stay hydrated and a good trashy beach novel to sit back and relax with!  Being from New England, there is lots of sea shore to enjoy!  Summer is my favorite season....heat and all.

    1. Woodmckinney profile image66
      Woodmckinneyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Oh how I would love to run to the beach!!! All I have is Ocean city, MD. About a 3 hour drive, but it is so nice to relax in the sand, or wave jump!

  14. IslandBites profile image90
    IslandBitesposted 10 years ago

    To cool off nothing better than water, piƱa colada, piragua and (of course) air conditioning. Btw, the beach, a pool or a river are not bad options neither.

  15. connorj profile image69
    connorjposted 10 years ago


    I live in the Sunshine State or is it the Sunburn State?  Anyways as a SCUBA diver I find staying underwater helps most significantly. As a home owner I find plenty of trees shading our home beneficial. We have a back porch area covered/roofed in a literal jungle of bougainvillea; the birds love this for protection and it cools the area significantly. I also frequent a place of ice called a hockey rink to play old-timers hockey to sweat and stay cool... I rise early in the mourn (crack of dawn) and walk our dogs... I stay inside during the heat of the day and make use of AC... I try to find time for a most wonderful Spanish or is it Mexican contribution; that would be a siesta around 3 P.M. (the heat of the day). Afterall a great way to beat the heat is to slow down your metabolism and shut-down a bunch of your body and stay relatively still, in more concise words, simply sleep, hibernate or (heaven forbid) become comatose...

  16. Hariom Singhal profile image59
    Hariom Singhalposted 10 years ago

    As I think if we drink a lot of water we can beat summer.
    But if we take a ts (5 gms) amla powder in a glass of water two three time we can beat summer effectively.
    Air condition fan can not use out side.Pool river not every where.
    But amla powder can be carry with them.
    Amla powde is healthy and harmless herb.

    1. Woodmckinney profile image66
      Woodmckinneyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I have never heard of alma powder, what is it for? What is it made out of? I'm guessing alma haha.

  17. Express10 profile image84
    Express10posted 10 years ago

    As a figure skater, I'm biased towards ice skating and will continue to be until I die smile
    In second place comes the jumping into the pool or going beach.

  18. Savio Dawson profile image91
    Savio Dawsonposted 10 years ago

    Summer temperatures around my place can peak to 38 degrees with a lot of humidity. That is almost like burning under the sun. The best solution is water and lots of water and of course, once a day a cool lemonade.

    Staying indoor is the best option but then not everyone can do that.

  19. KEPitz1005 profile image59
    KEPitz1005posted 10 years ago

    I like to set up the blow up kiddie pool in the back yard, fill it with water, and kick back in it with a refreshing drink (usually a cocktail. lol)
    We live in a desert sort of area, and we don't have any air conditioners in our house. We manage to keep it cool enough to survive without heat stroke, but it does get HOT here.
    The kiddie pool really does take the edge off though!

  20. DaffodilSky profile image82
    DaffodilSkyposted 10 years ago

    Hope we actually get some heat in the UK this summer-last year was horribly cold and wet!  When it is hot I like a big jug of home-made lemonade with ice and the ceiling fan on.

  21. Glimmer Twin Fan profile image95
    Glimmer Twin Fanposted 10 years ago

    The local outdoor pool and a/c.  We live along woods so I set up a hammock in the shade and it's amazing how much cooler it is in the woods.

  22. Woodmckinney profile image66
    Woodmckinneyposted 10 years ago

    Water balloons! Hands down! Fun in the sun feeling like a kid again

  23. Sunshine625 profile image86
    Sunshine625posted 10 years ago

    I love the heat too much to beat it, but if I need a quick and free cool-down I'll just pop into the local grocery store and hang out in the frozen food section. So chilly there...after just a few minutes I'm ready for the heat again because I do not like being cold.

  24. tsmog profile image84
    tsmogposted 10 years ago

    After awakening I went to the PC. Fired 'er up, poked my head into HP. Saw this question Marcy, thought of Texas, relatives near Byran & College Station, then opened a window in front of this desk. Next, drew the blinds low not to offer much light to the outside since near 2 AM. Tomorrow is a school day. They open the windows too! Next, I pondered . . . then went to the front door.

    I chuckled muttering "I use to beat the heat with a stick on hiking trails in the forest on the weekends." Now, that seems just too far of a drive. I still have the stick next to the front door just to be safe in case it is needed.

    Sometimes I walk the neighborhood and look for racoons, possums, and stuff like that. Entertaining to say the least of those critters getting into mischief and the air is cooler on walks. If they are curled up and sleeping I leave 'em alone.   

    There is heat now, yet is closer to the mid 60's and overcast outside. Oddly it is about the same in Sweden, but it is daytime there. Usually I chill out and cool off nowadays and nights most recently by taking my shirt off. Naps help too. However I am usually at the PC doing research.

    Too hot when inside gets above 90 and reaches above 100 when outside is in the 80's+. Yup, a mobile home and mine is metal. I still like PJ bottoms when inside even when hot during the day. Go figure. Inside is always a minimum of +10 degrees.

    I always check the PC temp too, since no A/C. It is about 80 there now under the desk. Seems the A/C is an arm and a leg. Leaving me with only one of each I decided best to give my fish to some kids, since without A/C those fish wouldn't survive. That was an early Christmas eve gift.

    Food does not usually do the trick for me. Soothing does! They don't have to be mixed. Soothing could be music, silence is golden at times, remember the window is open and the neighbors behind me have kids. So, no music unless I use ear phones. Then I pretend I am in a cockpit of an airplane. That is both fun and soothing. Even though ice cream is in the fridge, I am diabetic so no food until 8 AM unless I cheat. Hurrmph, cheat, me?

    A vacation does do the trick especially if in the south pacific. I like the Bahamas, yet really, if I am going to be dreaming of a vision, well, then Fiji sounds better to me. I could pretend to be like Hemmingway and pound the keyboard writing this or that. Works for me. Sometimes poetry strikes the fancy, and well, who knows what then.

    Well, vacation is over,


  25. Toytasting profile image60
    Toytastingposted 10 years ago

    For me the best thing to beat the heat in summers is to go for for a cool swim with kids!


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