Yes, it’s the dog days of summer. It’s a great time of year, but you definitely want to make sure that you don’t get overheated. It’s easy to do, so don’t forget to drink lots of water and don’t stay in the sun too long.
I think summer is my favorite time of year. Why? Because I love the water. So, I love to go swimming. Thankfully, we have a beautiful pool in our building, so I’ve been going there almost every day. It’s a great way to cool down as well as exercise at the same time.
Water conducts heat better than air, so that’s why the “cool” water of the pool is a great way to cool down. I’ve been hanging out the pool for 30-45 minutes a day and it’s been great. But, I’ve been taking it a step further by getting my hair wet, so it usually keeps me cool for an extra hour afterwards.
Water cools us down, so if you don’t have a pool, or if your AC isn’t working so great, consider getting wet…you could take a cool shower or bath, or even just use a wet towel to get your arms, legs and neck wet. It will make a big difference. Or use a spray bottle. It definitely helps.
If you have an aging parent, it’s especially important to make sure they stay cool…sometimes they are a bit more sedentary and don’t realize that it’s too warm where they are. I just came across this great article to help seniors – Summer safety guide for seniors. Tips for enjoying the season and staying healthy. Seniors tend to more susceptible to heat stroke and and overheating, as their bodies have lower temperature regulation. The article has some nice tips. They really apply to anyone as you’ll see.
As a side note, the origin of dog days of summer is neither related to dogs panting, nor for the temperatures being extra hot (even though that’s how we use the phrase). The dog days refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the sky. As it turns out, it does start around the hottest week or two of the year, but it extends into August as the days (and especially evenings) tend to cool down a bit. And, the stars shift a bit each year (as the earth wobbles a bit), so the astrological dates don’t always line up with our calendar dates for the hottest time of year.