25 Ways to Beat the Heat Besides Drinking Something Cool

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The summer heat can be flat-out unbearable. It’s currently 97 degrees F outside in New York City, and I’m reluctant to venture out of the sweet relief of air-conditioning. Intense temperatures are not only uncomfortable but also dangerous, and can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to rely on the sanctuary of air-conditioning everywhere we go. Staying inside isn’t even always the best option. According to Dr. Edgar Folk, a physiology professor at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, spending too much time in the air-conditioning prevents our bodies from getting used to the heat, or becoming, as he calls it, “outdoor acclimatized.”  

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Dealing with the heat is all about finding that perfect medium. You can’t avoid the outdoors completely, but you also shouldn’t expose yourself to the full brunt of its extremity. Many health guides will just tell you to stay hydrated, but this is far from the only solution. Beating the heat is more difficult than dealing with cold weather; you can fight the latter by layering on gloves, scarves, and hats, but there's only so much you can take off in polite company. Cooling off requires an inside-out approach that incorporates what’s in and on your body. It also includes setting up your house and bedroom so that you can adequately sleep at night without a loud and expensive air-conditioning unit.


Here are 25 ways to beat the heat that go beyond drinking something cool.