Staying Cool in the Heat

A Cool Mountain Lake!
A Cool Mountain Lake!

Here in Denver we’ve had four 100+ degree days in a row.  Yesterday tied an all-time high of 105°.  If we hit 100º today it will mark the first time Denver has had five days in a row where the temperature has topped the century mark.

So how does one cope with these high temperatures?  There are a few things that are wise to do for the physical and emotional self regarding the hot days.

  • Stay hydrated.  I preach this again and again but it is never more apparent than with the very warm days.  Pure and simple there is only one way to possibly stay hydrated, especially in a dry climate like Denver; you absolutely need to carry a water bottle with you everywhere.  It is a fine balance to stay hydrated and be running to the bathroom all the time.  To make it easier on yourself, just keep sipping from a bottle throughout the day.  Staying hydrated can also be one of the best things you can do for muscle soreness anyway, so now is a good time to practice a new habit if you aren’t already keeping a bottle with you.
  • Eat bright foods that are light.  Eating lots of fruits and vegetables will be easier on your digestive system.  You will feel lighter and your body won’t have to work as hard to process the calories.  Having heavy foods in your gut will just add to the misery of the heat.
  • Exercise either early or late.  Here in Denver, it still cools off nicely at night, getting down to 70 even on the hottest of days.  Exercising early is the best way to beat the heat.  
  • Run away to the mountains!  If the heat runs into the weekend, then get out of the city and go to the mountains.  Take a hike to a mountain stream or lake and enjoy the cooler temps.  There are plenty of options within one hour of Denver to do this.  
  • Take a plunge in your shower!  Standing in the shower with the cold water hitting your core will do wonders for bringing your core temperature down.  Doing this after being outside or after a long day at work will help tremendously.
  • Keep a positive attitude.  Think back to cold, dark winter days and how you longed for sunshine and warmth.
  • Listen and slow down in the presence of others.  We’re more apt to lose patience when it is so hot.  Remember, it is uncomfortable for everyone.  Whether you are in traffic, at the grocery store or with your family be patient and gracious to those around you.  You’d certainly like to have them do the same for you.
  • This is only temporary.  The hot, hot days will pass and soon a high of 90 will feel like a cold front.  Nothing lasts forever.
  • And lastly, challenge your kids or the neighborhood kids to a good, old fashioned water fight.  Fill the balloons, grab the super soaker and hoses and have a blast with some kids.  They know how to do it right!  


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