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5 Ways to Stay Cool on a Hot Independence Day

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Temperatures are rising along with the number of people heading outside for Independence Day festivities. While being outside to barbecue and enjoy a fireworks show is a must, so is being safe. With the July 4th forecast projecting temperatures in the triple-digits, here are a few things you can do to beat the heat and enjoy the weekend.

1. Hydrate

5 Ways to Stay Cool on a Hot Independence Day

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One of the best methods to ward off heat stroke and heat exhaustion is to be well-hydrated. While chugging massive amounts of water is one method, there are other more enjoyable ways to stay hydrated. Rather than chugging water en masse, take slow small sips every 10-15 minutes. This will replenish fluids as you’re outside and will prevent sluggishness. Fruits such as apples, oranges, peaches and melons are also a good source of water. Don’t feel like drinking? That’s okay. Take a bite of some chilled fruit.

2. Go Natural

5 Ways to Stay Cool on a Hot Independence Day

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When presented with the choice to hold your event outdoors, for the sake of keeping cool, natural is always better. If you can have your event in a park on grass, under or near trees (near a swimming hole is always a plus), you stand a better chance of keeping cool. Holding your event on concrete or asphalt or near building structures even if you have ample cover tends to make the heat hotter as these manmade elements reflect heat. Grass, trees and other plant life have natural cooling mechanisms built into them thus keeping themselves and the surrounding environment cooler. When in doubt, go natural.

3. Ice Bath

5 Ways to Stay Cool on a Hot Independence Day
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If you know you’re going to be out in the heat all day, treat yourself to an ice bath before you begin the festivities. This may sound strange, but an ice bath before you go out in the heat will keep your core temperature lower for several hours. A nice ice bath also resets your nervous system which will make your internal cooling mechanisms work more efficiently as you venture out into the heat. All you need is a bathtub, a 10 pound bag of ice, and 15 minutes to soak.

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