Ways to Beat the Heat

We're enduring the 5th heat wave of the summer and it could also be the longest. When the temperature is on the wrong side of 90, oppressive heat can put a ding in your plans. But no worries, there are plenty of other activities to help you escape the heat.

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We're enduring the 5th heat wave of the summer and it could also be the longest. When the temperature is on the wrong side of 90, oppressive heat can put a ding in your plans. But no worries, there are plenty of other activities to help you escape the heat.
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Drink lots of water. Even if you’re not thirsty, drink a glass of cold water every 15 to 20 minutes.
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Make a splash at one of the water parks in the area. Even though it might be a scorcher outside, the water slides, pools and thrill rides will be sure to keep you cool. Check out Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags or Dorney Park's Wild Water Kingdom.
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Sometimes it is just too hot to do anything outside. So spend the day inside your house with the air-conditioning on instead. Shut all the blinds and have a movie marathon day or play board games like Monopoly -- that should take up a few hours.
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Philadelphia has a bunch of pools open this summer. Keep cool in the summer heat and head to your local swimming pool. If you have one in your backyard call some friends over and make it a party.
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Having a couple days off of work is always a bonus in the summer time. An even bigger bonus is that the Jersey shore is always a fun place to visit. Go to the beach and sit under your umbrella, you’ll definitely catch a nice ocean breeze. If you get too hot all you need to do is take a dip in the ocean.
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If you want to beat the heat this summer, head to some of the Philadelphia museums. Even if you are a local, there are a ton of historic, air-conditioned sites to see. Check out the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the National Constitution Center, the African American Museum and more.
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Don’t feel like staying cooped up in the house all day? Call some friends and head to your local mall. Shopping malls always crank up the air-conditioning (you may even need a light sweater). You can shop all day and grab a nice lunch at one of the restaurants or the food court.
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A ton of awesome movies have been released this summer. So grab some friends and popcorn for a trip to the movie theater. Going will keep you out of the sun for at least two hours and will keep you nice and cool..
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Keeping that beach body is important in the summer, but exercising too hard in the heat can cause heat exhaustion. Try popping in a workout video at home or heading to a local gym for the day. Swimming is an excellent form of exercise, so do some laps. If you decide to do any outdoor running or activities try doing them before the peak sun hours. Go before the midday heat or after the sun sets.
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Summer barbecues are always popular as the season comes to a close. Make sure to have a sprinkler, kiddie pool or even better, a slip and slide for people to use to cool off. Try keeping festivities in a shady area, like under an awning, tent or in the garage. Also, be sure to have plenty of cold refreshments and frozen goodies, like ice cream.
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Ice cream and water ice are awesome and yummy treats that will keep you cool in the summer heat. Heck, they may even end up giving you a brain freeze!
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Eat lightly. Avoid hot foods and heavy meals. Use your stove and oven less to keep room temperatures lower. If you must heat food, use a microwave. Add cool foods to your diet, like watermelon, cantaloupe or other fruits.
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Dress cool by wearing loose, light-colored clothing, which allows air to circulate and helps the body throw off heat. Also, wear a wide-brimmed hat outside.
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Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can cause your body to lose water. In hot weather, it is easy to become dehydrated, which is very dangerous to your health.
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Take a cool shower or bath, which can be more effective at cooling you down than using a fan.
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