FYI Delray knows just how hot summer can get; located in Delray Beach, Florida, our town can reach degrees in excess of 100 Fahrenheit every summer! Don’t let the heat get you down though; the high temperature can really do a number to our electric bills, skin, minds, and bodies, but there are a few ways that people can escape the hot summer rays. Here is how to beat the Summer heat.
Staying hydrated has been proven to keep your mind sharp, as it provides essential functions to every cell in the body. Staying hydrated helps stabilize your mood, keep you motivated, prevent dry mouth, promote cardiovascular health, keep your skin healthy, and help muscles and joints function properly. Water also helps replenish the large amount of water you lose when you sweat in the hot summer heat. Since sweat is what your body uses to cool down your exterior, it is vital to keep refilling your water bottle throughout the day. Dehydration may cause headaches and other various health problems, so be sure to stay hydrated!
During the hottest summer months, there are a few rules that you should follow to help prevent excessive sweating and dehydration. Try not to exercise outdoors during the hottest part of the day (early to late afternoon), as that is when the sun’s rays are the strongest. The summer is also a great time to get into water sports, such as swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing, and water polo.
There are also a couple of exercise pre-cooling techniques that you can utilize; try staying hydrated and draping a cool towel over your neck before exercise. Mid-workout, you can try dumping cold water over your head, as this is one of the few proven techniques for making the heat more tolerable.
Dress for Summer
During the summer months, you’re not going to be wearing jeans and a sweater. Use mostly light colors such as white, yellow, and light blue, as they absorb less heat from the rays of the sun. Shorts, looser shirts, and dresses are great options because they allow air to flow underneath the garments, cooling the skin. Pick clothes that are made from breathable materials such as sweat-wicking fabrics, linen, and cotton. Believe it or not, the more amount of skin you expose, the hotter your body temperature will become.
Optimize Your Living Situation
Depending on your climate, there are a number of things you can do to beat the heat summer heat. If you live in a humid climate, a dehumidifier will help evaporate the sweat off of your body by pulling moisture from the air. While the majority of air conditioning units will also serve as dehumidifiers, this device is a great option for parts of the house that have less airflow. If you live in a multiple-story house, crack the 2nd floor windows, as heat rises. This will give the heat a chance to exit the house. If you live in a dry climate, draping wet towels over the windows or fan will help bring a little moisture to the air by providing a moist breeze.
Treat Yourself to Dessert
There is one good thing about the hot summer days and nights: it makes ice-cold treats that much better. You can buy or make your own snow cones, lemonade, frozen lemonade, ice cream, and popsicle sticks! A great activity on a hot summer day would be to take a trip down to the local ice cream parlor! It is a great way to kill time when it’s hot out, while waiting for the day to cool down.
Ice Cream Parlor Delray Beach
FYI Delray has a huge selection of frozen treats to help keep you cool during the scorching summer months. We offer milkshakes, ice cream, sorbet, gelato, birthday cakes, sundaes, pies, banana splits, and more! We are located in the heart of Delray Beach. Call us at (561) 450-7402 for more information.