In many places, this summer has been a scorcher. Like, frying-eggs-on-the-hood-of-your-car kind of hot. If you haven’t had moments when you’re sick of sweating, feel too hot to eat, or are positive your brain cells are literally melting, congrats – either your air conditioner works, or you’ve already figured out how to keep cool and beat the heat!
Too much heat puts more stress on your body as it struggles to stay cool, leaving you feeling listless and drained. In more severe cases, it can lead to heatstroke. But no matter how high that thermostat climbs, there are a few things you can do to keep your cool.
While it might seem to defy logic that getting hot and sweaty on purpose right now is a good idea, it is. Exercise can be a great way to beat the heat. Just be sure to exercise smart by choosing indoor activities, and resist the urge to overdo it.
If you do choose to exercise outdoors, steer clear of the sun’s hottest hours – think early morning dog walks and refreshing swims instead of 10k runs over lunch.
Dehydration is sure to mess with your summer health game, so up your water intake, whether you’re exercising or not. Start the day with a big glass of water so you’ll be ahead from the get go, and sip before you get thirsty.
Water isn’t the only thing that hydrates, so be sure electrolytes are a part of the picture. You can make your own healthy electrolyte drink with a liter of water, the juice of a lime, a splash of maple syrup, and a generous pinch of salt.
Choose Cool Snacks
Watermelon, cucumbers, leafy greens – fruits and veggies with high-water content will keep you hydrated and cool throughout the day, and your body will thank you for the extra antioxidant boost.
You’re probably not in the mood for hearty stews or steaming hot mac & cheese come the summer months, and there’s a reason for that. Smaller, lighter meals take the heat off your digestive system. Since digestion uses energy – and actually does generate heat – opting for salad over steak dinner will keep the rest of you cooler in the meantime.
Stay out of the Kitchen
Standing over a hot stove has a certain appeal when the thermometer reads below zero, but in the hot summer months, you’re better off skipping the freshly baked cookies. Fridges, dishwashers, and ovens all give off a bunch of heat, so opt for fresh foods that don’t take a lot of cooking – or dishwashing.
Not to be a buzzkill, but getting buzzed isn’t the best thing in the summer heat. A frozen daiquiri is tempting, sure, but alcohol is very dehydrating. Keep your alcoholic drinks to a minimum, and reach instead for water or juice.