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7 Ways to Keep Cool When Summer Heats Up

keep coolIt’s so hot, at least in my area. With heat index warnings and 100 degree plus temperatures everyday, it can be hard to keep cool.

When you’re a kid, you look forward to summer because of the much needed break from school, and the hot weather that brings fun summer activities along with it.

But even as an adult, there are some fun things you can do to keep cool when summer heats up.

Visit the City Pool or Aquatic Center

Though you are an adult and may not have the free time every day to visit the pool, you can still visit after work or on the weekends to beat the heat.

Some pools have power walking hours over lunch or right before the pool closes in the evenings where you can walk around the lazy river to cool off and burn some calories. The cost of admission to do the power walking is cheaper than a normal pass to the pool, saving you money and keeping you cool.

Find a Splashpark

Though splashparks are usually meant to be a fun time for children, you can cool down there too. Though we wouldn’t recommend running through in your swim suit, you can take still your shoes off and walk or run through the low area and allow a few splashes to cool you when you visit the park with your family. Splashparks are usually free, which is great for keeping the whole family cool and under budget.

Make Your Own Frozen Treats

What a better way to cool off inside than to enjoy a homemade ice pop! There are many recipes and molds to choose from, so you can pick the one that looks the best or try out many different types. There are even recipes for ice pops made with adult beverages for an extra zing!

Check Out a Local Museum or Art Gallery

The best way to stay cool is to be in air conditioning, right? So why not gain some new knowledge and explore the museums and galleries around you. Depending on the type, admission could be free, keeping your budget cool too. Studying the arts and learning your local history is a great way to cool down on the weekends, or during those lazy summer evenings. Plus you won’t have to run the air conditioner at home as cool since you won’t be there, saving you a little bit of money on your utility bill.

Host a Surprise Water Balloon Fight

Nothing says instant fun like water balloons. With the latest technology upgrades you can fill one hundred water balloons at a time, or launch them long distances at your opponents. You can still do it the old-fashioned way, filling one at a time and end up getting more wet filling balloons than you do throwing them. Don’t forget to bring the water guns and cannons, after all, your mission is to soak your opponent. This doesn’t have to be a whole gathering it could be just between you and your best friend or significant other.

Wash Your Car

This may be more of a chore for some, but many find this to be a satisfying task and kids tend to have a lot of fun washing the car. Park your car under the shade and put your muscles to work! Be cautious of the soap you are using, so you don’t damage your topcoat or put unwanted chemicals into the ground. As you wash your vehicle the spray from the hose will get you cooled down. It could even lead to an impromptu water fight with the hose, so dress accordingly and be careful not to waste too much water.

Drink Lots of Water

Though water can cool you off super easily, you also need to make sure you are consuming enough of it as well. If your body is hydrated you can withstand the hot temperatures and humidity better than if you are dehydrated. When it gets muggy out you can lose more water than you think through sweat, so make sure you increase your intake. A hot day mixed with a dehydration headache can be miserable, even if you are in air conditioning.

Be inventive with how you keep cool this summer. Don’t forget to enjoy the summer now and wear your sunglasses, it’s where the real “cool” factor comes from.

 

How do you keep cool in the summer? Have you tried any of these tips to help you keep cool?

 

Photo courtesy of: VintageBlue

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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

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