Fun Ways To Stay Cool

The Oakdale Leader - - 209 LIVING -

Sum­mer­time heat can af­fect en­ergy lev­els and take their toll as heat waves over­stay their wel­come. Days upon days of ris­ing mer­cury re­quire en­ter­pris­ing in­di­vid­u­als to find ways to stay cool. Sum­mer heat and hu­mid­ity can be both daunt­ing and dan­ger­ous. Peo­ple who are un­able to cool down and stay hy­drated run the risk of heat stroke. Symp­toms of heat stroke in­clude a body tem­per­a­ture of 104 F or higher and feel­ings of con­fu­sion. The Mayo Clinic notes that heat stroke also may cause slurred speech, ir­ri­tabil­ity and even seizures. Heat stroke is of­ten iden­ti­fi­able by an ab­sence of sweat, a rapid pulse and headache. Stay­ing cool should be a top pri­or­ity when tem­per­a­tures be­come ex­tremely hot. For­tu­nately, there are fun ways to stay cool and beat the sum­mer heat. Visit the beach. Head to the sea­side for a day of en­joy­ment on the coast. Tem­per­a­tures tend to be cooler at the wa­ter’s edge, and there may be a nice breeze blow­ing in. In ad­di­tion, you have wa­ter from the ocean, bay or lake to re­fresh you. Al­ways use am­ple amounts of sun­screen and reap­ply of­ten. In­vest in a beach um­brella or pop-up tent that can shield you from the harsh rays of the sun. Bring a fold­ing kid­die pool for young chil­dren and fill it up with ocean wa­ter close to your beach blan­ket so you can keep a close eye on young­sters as they do their best to stay cool. Get wet in cre­ative ways. Wa­ter bal­loon fights can be fun, and there are many ad­di­tional and clever ways to get wet and cool off. If you have a tram­po­line, set a sprin­kler or hose to mist and let the kids jump while get­ting wet. Jump­ing, in turn, will cause extra splashing. Give lit­tle kids a reg­u­lar spray bot­tle they can use to spray plants, out­door fur­ni­ture, toys and even them­selves. They’ll have a good time and stay cool in the process. Set up an ob­sta­cle course out­doors where kids must run through sprin­klers, jump through hoops and dive into the pool. The more va­ri­ety you can cre­ate, the more likely kids will for­get the heat and have fun. Set up an ice-cream mak­ing ad­ven­ture. In­vest in an ice cream maker and spend a par­tic­u­larly hot day mak­ing your own fla­vors. When the ice cream is set, cre­ate a fix­ings bar with sprin­kles and top­pings. Take a trip to the movies. Movie the­aters of­ten set their air con­di­tion­ing sys­tems to arc­tic lev­els, which can be just what the doc­tor or­dered on a steamy day. Plan an ex­cur­sion to the movies, tak­ing ad­van­tage of mati­nee prices where avail­able. Visit an in­door ice rink. What bet­ter way to stay cool than to spend an af­ter­noon ice skat­ing? Chan­nel winter tem­per­a­tures dur­ing the heart of the sum­mer heat. Re­mem­ber to dress warmly as it will be cold in­doors, and have a change of clothes ready when it’s time to head back into the sum­mer heat.

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