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Beating the Summer Heat

a woman drinking water from a disposable bottle as the sun is setting

 

Here at Westminster Towers in Tacoma, WA, we want you to have the most enjoyable summer possible. To help you do just that we’ve provided a few tips on how to fight the heat this summer.

 

Drink water. You hear this one all the time, but that’s probably because it can’t be stressed enough. This is one of the simplest ways to regulate your core temperature. Drink water regularly throughout the day to avoid getting thirsty and avoid dehydration. Headaches are one of the most common signs of water loss and dehydration. Increase your water intake when doing any sort of physical activity or when you’re outside in the summer sun for long periods of time. Use a refillable water bottle and keep it with you wherever you go. 

 

Dress for the weather. Choose loose-fitting, light-colored, lightweight clothing to assist with your endeavors to stay cool. Natural fabrics that breathe let the heat out; think cotton and linen, and stay away from synthetics. Wickaway fabrics, the kind of clothing usually worn when exercising, is a good choice. 

 

Go for a swim! Swimming is a refreshing way to stay cool and exercise at the same time. Go for a swim in our pool or throw a pool party this summer. Just be sure to wear sunscreen to avoid getting burned.

 

Wear a hat. It’s amazing what a little shade can do to keep you cool. A hat or an umbrella is a good way to keep the sun’s rays away. Avoid getting a sunburn on your face by wearing a hat all summer long.

 

Take a nap. Stay indoors during the day, if you are able. The sun is at its hottest between noon and about 4:00 p.m, so plan indoor activities for this time of day. If you can, take a nap to recharge!

 

Limit vigorous activity. Limiting vigorous activity during the hottest part of the day will help you stay cool. Choose instead to exercise in the early mornings or late evenings when the temperature is quite a bit cooler.

 

Discover new gadgets. There are several gadgets out there are designed to help you stay cool. Use a spray bottle to mist your face. A personal fan, umbrella hat, or even a thermal-cool neck wrap can make a huge difference in your comfort — go ahead and try them out. Don’t worry about looking ridiculous; at least you will be cool.

 

Seek air conditioning. If the temperature is above 90 degrees, fans may not be enough. Seek out an air-conditioned venue.

 

Eat right. Avoid heavy foods and opt for foods high in water content — fruits, salads, and soups are all good ideas. Foods can also be a great source of water to keep you hydrated and avoid headaches from the heat.

 

We hope you enjoyed our Westminster Towers Blog post! Feel free to share any other tips you find helpful for fighting the summer heat with us in the comments. Have a great month here in Tacoma, WA!