6 ways to stay cool in the summer heat
Since many public swimming pools are closed and air-conditioned restaurants and bars are a potential petri dish of COVID-19, many are looking for new alternatives to safely beat the heat.
1. A water park at homeIf you have access to a hose, why not screw on the old garden sprinkler or pull out the old inflatable pool to take your kids outside - or leave the child inside you free. A visit to Amazon or other online retailers selling outdoor water equipment can easily help you escape the heat without the big price tag - and without having to leave the house.
2. No yard, no problemMeet up in a local park and enjoy some sociable, distant fun with friends or family by mooring a battalion of water balloons or replenishing your water guns for a refreshing water battle. Meet up in a local park and let the good times roll - but remember to wear masks.
3. Frozen treatsGrab your favorite fruits and mix a tropical smoothie or take a trip to the store to make the ultimate sundae. If it all sounds like too much work, eat cool foods like watermelon or cucumber, and others with high water content to hydrate and beat the heat.
4. Virtual watersSwim through "Animal Crossing": New Horizon" with its 1.3 dive update that has made it easy to experience the ocean at home. I don't have any scientific evidence for this, but the game's immersive sound and graphics, combined with the breeze from a fan, can take some of the stuffy summer heat away. So why not immerse yourself in water-based adventures like the survival game "Subnautica" or sink into the couch with the relaxing "ABZU".
5. Tubing and kayakingAre you interested in outdoor adventure and want to explore your city from a different perspective? Take a look at our kayak rental guide for suggestions - or look beyond the city for tubing and kayaking experiences on the state's many beautiful rivers and lakes.
6. BeachesVisiting the beach has become a controversial activity this summer, and although some defenders say that one should not be discouraged, images of crowded beach masses with little social distance and even fewer masks have turned a refreshing activity into an apparent risk. However, there is one way to enjoy the beach safely, with the CDC's list of guidelines. In general, wear a mask, keep a minimum distance of six feet from those not living in your household, and remove the mask before jumping in, and the beach can be as safe as it is satisfying for everyone.
- Stay hydrated: This is highly recommended by doctors and other health professionals. Without enough fluid, whether from a sports drink or plain water, your body cannot produce enough sweat, and without enough sweat you cannot stay cool.
- Avoid alcohol: No matter how tempting it is to prepare an ice cocktail, alcohol promotes fluid loss. This makes it more difficult for your body to cool down.
- Check the weather forecast: It may be obvious, but it doesn't change the fact that you should take extra precautions when heat warnings are issued or when there are forecasts for high temperatures and humidity. It could mean that you should skip a daily run or bike ride in favour of a walk or less strenuous activity if you are not used to higher temperatures. This is especially true if you are wearing a mask.
- Choose your clothing carefully: Wear what you like, but do not forget the heat. Light and loose-fitting clothes "allow sweat to evaporate and keep you cooler". On particularly hot or humid days, consider clothing made of breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen.
- Beware of the sun: if you plan to go outside to exercise or relax, avoid shady areas at lunchtime unless you plan to jump into the water. It is usually much cooler in the late afternoon and early morning. In either case, you should not forget to use sunscreen, as burns can reduce the body's "ability to cool itself".
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