If you’re British, or in fact ever spend any time in the United Kingdom, you’ll understand why we Brits long for summer. Summer means BBQs, it means ice cream, and it means chucking the kids outside in the garden and enjoying a cup of tea in peace.
You get warm days, balmy nights and a gorgeous bronzed complexion. Unfortunately, what we seem to forget about summer is that you also sweat. Your stroll to the corner shop for a cool drink can leave you looking like you’ve run a marathon. The commute to work can have you arriving at your desk with the appearance of a red faced loon.
Here are some unusual ways to keep cool this summer and avoid being a sweaty mess from May until October.
Get a little loose
And we don’t mean your morals! Take the lead from countries where the climate is considerably warmer and opt for loose, lightweight linen or cotton clothing.
You could also try it the American way and choose a seersucker outfit. The crisp cotton and cooling ridges make it a warm weather classic.
Keep your pulse points cool
You know you put a cool cloth on your forehead if you’ve got a fever? Well this idea works in the same way. Run cold water over your wrists and splash water over your face and neck every hour or so to cool down.
Oh, and while you’re at the sink, fill a glass and have a drink. Hydration is key to a happy, healthy summer.
Make like a cow and graze
Eating a big meal in the summer won’t do you any favours. Having a big, protein laden meal will get your body’s metabolic rate going and make you feel warmer. It’s best to split your meals into smaller portions throughout the day rather than sitting down to a big meal for lunch or dinner.
Get friendly with chillies
Have you ever wondered why some of the world’s hottest countries – India, Thailand, South America – serve some of the spiciest food?
Well scientists have been arguing about it for years and the best theory they can come up with is that it’s all down to capsaicin, the chemical found in hot foods such as chillies. The chemicals make you sweat and once your skin is damp you’re cooled by the evaporation. Crazy but true
Keep cool in bed
Getting under the duvet in hot weather sounds like madness, but it doesn’t have to be boiling in bed. Fill a hot water bottle with ice water and place it under the duvet before you go to bed.
You could also try putting your sheets in the freezer for a few hours before bedtime, and swap your pillow for organic cotton as this will be cooler and more absorbent.
Alternatively if none of this works you could just make your way to the nearest building with air conditioning, set up camp, and refuse to leave until the autumn!
Rob Rudd enjoys blogging on subjects from health and fitness to sports and leisure