With summer in full swing and temperatures soaring, the urge to enjoy the fresh air can also lead to exposing yourself to the risk of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, dehydration, and other heat related health concerns. While the indoors and the air conditioning are ideal and comfortable, it can also lead to getting bored and complacent, which can lead to loss of mobility and independence. While high temperatures can be high risk, there are ways to enjoy the outdoors smartly and safely.
Indoor activities, like local museums, aquariums, science centers, and other venues make for great trips. You can learn and explore while keeping cool. It’s also a great place to take any grandkids or other young relatives you may have. Many cities have a lot of in-town or nearby attractions that many people don’t know exist or have ever been to, so it’s worth taking a look around.
Making homemade ice cream or popsicles is not only a fun activity, but you get to make a cold and delicious treat. Another great cool snack is popping some grapes in the freezer to enjoy on a hot day.
Adjusting your weekly menu to include mostly meals that don’t require the oven or heavy use of the stove can keep you from adding extra heat to the home. Sandwiches, salads, and cold dishes like gazpacho can keep temperatures down. If you’ve got an outdoor grill as well, consider using it for cooking any meats or other hot dishes you might have, and it’ll keep the heat outdoors.