Staying Cool This Summer

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When it comes to summertime in Texas, no matter how much fun you’re having, it’s important to keep yourself cool. With average temperatures reaching between 90 – 100 degrees, you have to stay cautious about how much time you’re spending outside and ensuring you’re keeping yourself hydrated. Here are 12 creative, as well as some well-known ways to stay cool this summer while both indoors and while you're enjoying your favorite outdoor activities. 

l Drink your body weight in water ounces. More if you’re super active.

l Don’t exercise in the heat of the day – do it before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m.

l Set a bowl of ice water in front of a moving fan.

l Soak your feet in a plastic basin of cool (not cold) water.

l Make your own evaporative cooler: wet down a white cotton towel and drape it around your neck.

l Eat a Popsicle.

l Wear a wide-brimmed, breathable hat when in the sun.

l Avoid dehydrating beverages like alcohol and caffeine.

l Keep a spray bottle of water handy and mist yourself while sitting in front of a fan.

l Drugstores sell sore-muscle rubs like Ben-Gay, which, when rubbed on pulse points, make you feel cool.

l Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

l Watch medications – some decrease perspiration and contribute to overheating.

The summer heat will be over before we know it. Stay safe out there!