It’s heat wave season, and all across the continent, people are doing their best to beat the heat. The Ninjas have compiled this little list of their favorite ways to cool down, without the use of an air conditioner. Air conditioners are no friend to the environment; they use up massive amounts of electricity, and they release toxic refrigerant chemicals into the air.
1. First and foremost – stay hydrated. Drink lots and lots of cold water, and try to avoid the sugary beverages. Filling your glass with ice may be a temptation, but remember that your body works overtime to warm up ice water, which in turn makes you even hotter, from the inside out.
2. Super soak your cottons! Soak your socks, a t-shirt, or even a towel, wring them out and put them on your body! A wet shirt on in front of a fan can keep you cool for at least an hour. Wrap that wet towel around your head and your core temperature will drop!
3. Fill a couple sandwich bags with ice, wrap them in a face cloth, then bind that icy pack around your wrists. Your wrists are a major thoroughfare for your bloodstream, so the ice will send chills through your whole body.
4. Stay in the lower part of your house. Heat rises.
5. The sun is at it’s most intense between 11AM and 3PM. If you can avoid going outside during a heat wave between these hours, you will manage to stay a lot cooler. If you do have to go out during the hottest hours, keep covered up!
6. Put your home on a heat-beating schedule. At night, open your windows and use fans to create a cross-breeze, which will circulate the cooler night air. In the morning when the sun rears its smiling face, close all windows, blinds, and curtains, and keep doors and windows closed throughout the day until it is cooler outside than it is inside.
7. Eat smaller, greener meals. Big meals with tons of protein use a lot of your energy to digest. That digestive work is going to heat you up from the inside. Eat tons of greens and light meals, and you will do yourself a solid.
8. Fans are a much more eco-friendly alternative to air conditioning, and they’re a fraction of the price too. Hang a cold wet cloth over the fan, and you have a little DIY air conditioner in minutes! If you are feeling more creative, place a large bowl of ice in front of the fan, and it will have the same effect.
9. Go for a swim! If you are lucky enough to live by a lake or the ocean, retreat into nature’s cooling mechanism. If not, many cities have parks with water features, or you can spend an hour or two at the local indoor pool.
10. Embrace the heat. Heat waves can last several weeks, and can be very uncomfortable. However, some people in the world live in intense heat for the better part of the year, and they don’t give it a second thought. You can get used to it, and if you take the necessary precautions, you can learn to live quite normally in unusually warm temperatures.