Stay Cool! 8 Easy Ways To Beat The Summer Heat

Stay Cool! 8 Easy Ways To Beat The Summer Heat [EXPERT]

No, it's not your imagination — it is definitely getting hotter. Staying cool this summer doesn't necessarily mean you have to pay a fortune to keep the air-conditioning running. Heat is a major killer and those at the greatest risk are infants, children, seniors and individuals who have long-term medical conditions. Beat The Heat! 8 Ways To Keep Cool This Summer

According to the National Weather Service, heat is responsible for more deaths in the USA than any other weather-related cause between 2002 and 2011. In that period of time, there were 1,185 heat related deaths compared to 1,139 from hurricanes and 1,075 from tornadoes. Listed below are eight tips that'll help keep you cool and safe during the intense heat of the summer.

1. Cook smart. Appliances generate heat. An oven can easily raise the room temperature 10 degrees. Save cooking with heat for cooler hours during the day, or cook outdoors on your grill. It is also a good idea to run the dishwasher and clothes dryer at night.

2. Eat smaller meals. Refuel to aid the body's energy levels and natural cooling system by eating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day. Foods' high sugar levels can increase the body's core temperature.

3. Stay hydrated. Dehydration is common, even in cool weather. You need to drink additional water during summer and through periods of high heat. Drink at least one 8-ounce glass of water before exposure to the heat. Consume 1-1/2 to 2 cups of water every 20 minutes during prolonged exposure to high temperatures. Don't just wait until you're thirsty!

4. Go outside. Spend your time outside, both in the sun and in the shade. Read a book, nap or have a picnic in the shade between activities in the sun. Don't stay in an unprotected area with high temperatures for extended periods of time. 6 Tips For A Stress-Free, Romantic Summer Getaway

5. Stay sober. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and drinks with high sugar content. Sugar and caffeine act as a diuretic, which will cause fluids to be depleted more rapidly from your body.

6. Look cool. Choose garments made from natural fibers, such as cotton, which is breathable. Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing that will allow air to circulate while you are out in the heat. Synthetic fibers will keep additional heat in and prevent the natural cooling process of evaporation.7 Sexy Celeb Summer Beauty Looks We Want To Copy

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7. Stay cool. Find cool places to spend time. Shopping malls, department stores, movie theaters, grocery stores and libraries are all cool, well-ventilated places. Going to public locations will encourage movement and activity, which you may not engage in during the blustery heat. Cool baths or showers can also help lower body temperature.

8. Exercise. Exercise is still required during the summer months.  The best way to stay consistent with your exercise regimen is to reschedule it. Move your workout (or kids' playtimes) indoors or into the shade, preferably in the early morning or evening. 

Many of the choices that we commonly make during hot summer days will add excess sugar, calories, stress and fatigue. The application of these health tips will allow you to be compliant with your diet and exercise essentials throughout the hot summer months.