3 Smart, Unusual Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” – Scott Hamilton

Are you feelin the heat yet? Here in Southern CA, the super hot weather really hits hard after Labor Day. Yep, while the rest of the country is cooling off, we’re just getting our super hot weather… Most people don’t know that little secret about our summer weather… So in case you want to time your vacations here, the summer months of June (this month can actually be quite cool and is known as June gloom), July and some of August tends to be pretty mild—somewhere in the 80’s and low 90’s with some periods quite cloudy and cold near the beach. But the onset of the fall months tends to signal scorching weather with heat waves lasting for days in triple-digit temps.

(Last weekend we had some strange overcast weather, some sprinkles, and I actually threw on a sweat shirt in the afternoon). Now it’s warm again, around 85.

Back to staying cool tips:

These not so common tips below really work, and they will perk up your day and your metabolism too.  My personal fav is below at #2.

1. Keep a cool head. I keep a misting bottle filled with filtered water in the fridge and every once in a while, I’ll spray my face and the top of my head. As the water evaporates, it helps cool me down

2. Cool down by running cold water over your lower legs and feet. You can do this in so many ways. My favorite way to cool off is to get barefooted, and then get outside and turn the garden hose or sprinklers on. The combination of the cool water hitting your legs and your bare feet on the grass is so amazing at lifting your spirits and energizing every cell in your body.

If you cannot get out in the yard, then run water over your legs and feet from the bathtub faucet. Or take a cool shower. You can also soak your feet in a bucket of cold water and cool off nicely that way. Remember that the body radiates heat from your hands, feet, face and ears, so cooling any of these will help cool your whole body.

Kids wading pools are a great idea too. You can also run cool water over your wrists, or place a wet towel with ice in it on the back of your neck for several minutes.

3. According to the Energy Star Program of the EPA, an incandescent light bulb radiates 90% of its energy as heat. Most of us have anywhere from 30 to 35 light fixtures in our homes, so it’s a good idea to replace your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, which emit 75% less heat. Keep in mind that all of our appliances (dishwashers, computers, etc) generate heat as well. So run dishwashers and other appliances at night and turn computers off when we are not using them.

There you go. So many ways to stay cool that perk your spirits, and boost your energy and metabolism.


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