Is it just us, or does the heat seem to get more severe with each year
that passes. While you could always just lock yourself up indoors and
blast the AC, there's are better ways to beat the heat without contributing towards global warming.
Over at The New York Times, the are a couple of tips on how to cool yourself down which includes precooling techniques like drinking a slushie, or even just draping a cold rag around your neck.
These precooling techniques is especially helpful if you're exercising, as research has shown it can improve endurance in hot weather exercise by nearly 4%. According to researchers from Cal State-Fullerton, dumping cold water on your head really does cool you down:
But only when cold water was poured over their heads did the volunteers report feeling blessedly cooler than in the other exercise session. They also said that the workout felt noticeably easier, and their skin temperatures were lower than in other sessions.
While dumping water on your head probably won't improve performance, it at least makes the heat more tolerable so you actually finish your workout.