Be Cool

Thursday, May 30, 2013

It's here...90's & humid....blech! So, here are a few tips from our friend Snoopy on keeping our cool-in case we forgot-lol.

1.Alter your pattern of outdoor exercise to take advantage of cooler times (early morning or late evening). If you can't change the time of your workout, scale it down by doing fewer minutes, walking instead or running, or decreasing your level of exertion.

2. Wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably of a light color.Cotton clothing will keep you cooler than many synthetics.

3.Fans can help circulate air and make you feel cooler even in an air-conditioned house. Some people swear by small, portable, battery-powered fans. At an outdoor event I even saw a version that attaches to a water bottle that sprays a cooling mist.

4. Try storing lotions or cosmetic toners in the refrigerator to use on hot, overtired feet.
Keep plastic bottles of water in the freezer; grab one when you're ready to go outside. As the ice melts, you'll have a supply of cold water with you.

5. Take frequent baths or showers with cool or tepid water.

6.Combat dehydration by drinking plenty of water along with sports drinks or other sources of electrolytes.Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these will promote dehydration.

7. Instead of hot foods, try lighter summer fare including frequent small meals or snacks containing cold fruit or low fat dairy products. As an added benefit, you won't have to cook next to a hot stove.

8.. If you don't have air-conditioning, arrange to spend at least parts of the day in a shopping mall, public library, movie theater, or other public space that is cool. Many cities have cooling centers that are open to the public on sweltering days.

9.Finally, use common sense. If the heat is intolerable, stay indoors when you can and avoid activities in direct sunlight or on hot asphalt surfaces. Pay special attention to the elderly, infants, and anyone with a chronic illness, as they may dehydrate easily and be more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Don't forget that pets also need protection from dehydration and heat-related illnesses too.

Thanks for stopping by & let your spark shine!

REFERENCE: Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

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    Such great advice. I'm so glad that I have a/c this year, no suffering in the heat this year. Love the Snoopy pics, that's Bella's favorite.
    2087 days ago
    Great advise especially since it is in the 90's here too! Thank God we have air conditioning, don't know if we could make it without! Thank you and Snoopy!!

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    2089 days ago
    Great advice its 90's here too.
    2089 days ago
    We have fan necklaces we bought at Walmart, and it blows air up to your neck an face. Got it For $5! Best thing ever when for those hot days! Especially when there is no wind to cool you! I take shorter walks now, when it gets over 85 here in FL. Humidity is coming! emoticon Got some good tips there.... emoticon emoticon
    2089 days ago
    Stay cool and have a great Friday!!!! emoticon
    2090 days ago
    Nice Blog! Wishing you a nice day and a wonderful weekend.
    2090 days ago
    emoticon Stay cool! emoticon
    2090 days ago
    Thanks for all the wonderful blogs and reminders.
    2090 days ago
    emoticon I will be needing all the hints as we reach 100 degrees tomorrow for at least the next ten days.
    2091 days ago
    Great reminders! And I love Snoopy! emoticon
    2091 days ago
    Very Cool, I just love Snoopy, thank for the reminder

    2091 days ago
    Gotta hand it to Snoopy to come up with the best advice! Still waiting for summer any day now so I can spring into action with our favorite pooch.
    2091 days ago
    Its hot here too and I have been doing most of these but I'm thinking of keeping my actual feet in the fridge. LOL.
    2091 days ago
    Snoopy . . . smart guy! We're humid today too. Was out in the garden and couldn't do all I wanted to, but had plenty to drink and stayed hydrated. Called it quits when I got too hot.

    HUGS and thanks for this information.
    2091 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Cool blog and great tips and reminders, thank you, just love snoopy, have a great day. emoticon
    2091 days ago
    Cute pics but also very important messages. I always keep water bottles about half full frozen in my freezer, then just add some water and keep it icy. I need really cold water especially in the summer, but I do it in the winter too. All the tips are great. I have a problem with my body regulating heat when it gets hot, and I get overheated really easily. If I have to be out in the heat for walking or for something where I don't have to be really dressed up and I'm going to be kind of alone or other places I have a very thin lightweight jacket that I use made by Danskin that I bought at Walmart I wet it thoroughly, then wring I out well, put it in a plastic bag, and take it with me. When I start getting overheated I put it on. The water helps lower my body temp. Helped a lot when the a/c in my car was out for a while last year, or when walking or going for a short hike. I do longer hikes in the fall, winter, and spring but sometimes just want to get out in nature for a little while in the summer. I am going to a fundraiser on Saturday that my job is helping to sponsor. It's a walking event like Relay for Life but this is for a cancer program. My jacket and lots of icy water are going with me as it is supposed to be 95 degrees. I've been dehydrated once before and ended up in the ER with an IV. It was not fun, and neither was the symptoms for a few days before I went to the hospital
    2091 days ago
    Cute blog! Thanks for starting my day with a smile.
    2091 days ago
  • MAGIK0731
    Too cute! Thanks for sharing!
    2091 days ago
    Loved you blog and a lot of tips for us! emoticon
    2091 days ago
  • MINDY502
    Too cute as always and thanks for sharing those tips we all need a reminder when those temps rise how to take care of ourselves. Have a great COOL week!
    2091 days ago
    Good advice!
    2091 days ago
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