We all love the feel of warm sunshine on bare skin and looking forward to spending the weekend outside. But no matter how much you enjoy the warmer months, we all need ways to cool down when the summer heat rises. And ideally, we can find ways to do it naturally without using too much energy or environmentally-harming resources.
Here are 12 natural ways to help you balance your hot summer adventures with cool breezy activities.
1. Plan Your Day
There are definitely certain times of day that are essential to capitalize on. Before the sun rises and after it sets you to have a few golden hours of cooler weather. Plan to use this time to do things such as work out, go for a walk/jog, clean the house, etc.
Invest in a quality stainless steel water bottle, like Hydro Flask, S’well, Yeti, or another brand of insulated water bottle that keeps water cold throughout the day. Hydration during the warm months is crucial.
Take a dip in a local swimming hole or even a kiddie pool in your backyard! There’s nothing better than submerging in cold water on a hot summer day.
4. Eat Cool, Be Cool
Consume foods that are cooling to your internal systems. Go for sweet and ripe summer fruits, fresh veggies, and foods that are bitter or astringent rather than salty or spicy.
5. Water Workouts
Explore new summertime workouts. It’s summertime, the season of adventures! Try surfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, swimming laps, or stand-up paddleboarding.
6. Infuse Your Water
Infuse your water with fresh fruits! This will encourage you to drink more water and will help suppress your sugar tooth. Try using mint, citrus, and ripe fruits that are in season.
Sometimes we need to cool our minds as much as we need to cool our physical body. Take time every day to slow down and meditate. A few minutes of deep breathing and relaxation will go a long way.
8. Pulse Points
There are numerous pulse points on your body that can be used as cooling spots when in contact with cool water. You’re probably familiar with the points on your wrists and the back of your neck. Try putting a cool towel or running cool water over your feet, wrists, and temples. We love wetting a Buff and wearing it while damp when exercising outdoors.
9. Put Your Hair Up
Keep your hair off the back of your neck to keep body temperatures lower by putting it up in a hat, or using a headband or Buff.
10. Dress Light
Wear light colors and breathable fabrics, especially on those scorching days. We suggest cotton and linen, which many of our clothes for men and women are made of!
11. Just Chill
Take it easy, especially if you tend to overheat. There’s plenty of hours in the day to accomplish your daily goals. Create time to relax and don’t overexert yourself.
12. Find Some Shade