Article Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

8 Ways to Stay Cool When It’s Hot As Hell Outside

Jul. 14, 2016 Men's Health

May 2016 marked the 13th consecutive month a monthly global temperature record was broken—the longest streak since those records began in 1880, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information.

And here in the U.S., average temperatures are also at or near all-time highs. (Global warning: It’s probably a thing!)

You could crank your air conditioner to combat sweltering temps, but that means sky-high energy bills.

Plan B: Use these scientific hacks to stay cool this summer without touching the AC.

Fabric softener clings to fabric fibers, which makes your cotton clothing less breathable and wickable, Indian researchers say. This results in more trapped body heat, and more dark circles underneath your armpits.
Unshaded windows allow sunlight to creep in and heat up your office or home. Closing your curtains and blinds can knock down the amount of heat your space will absorb by up to 45 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Almost every home or building AC system works by directing air over a cold coil. That chilled air is then pumped throughout your home via air ducts.

Turn off your AC and set a bowl of ice in front of your desk fan. This will cool you off in the same way, but for a fraction of the cost.

Your cheeks and the soles of your feet are packed with blood vessels that don’t contract in the presence of cold.

Apply an ice pack or a cool, damp cloth to these areas. You’ll lower your body temperature 50 percent more after 5 minutes than you would have by applying the same cold compresses to your neck and armpits, finds a Stanford University study.

Read More on Men's Health

Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund

Apply Today

All Resources

Tell Me More

The Truth About Fasting and Type 2 Diabetes

Fasting: fad or century old-tradition?

Read More

Alzheimer’s: 6 aspects of the condition that are often misunderstood

We are learning more by the month. Keep up with the latest.

Read More

Why do so many men skip regular health checkups?

Many men riskily assume they are healthier than others.

Read More

Had a Sleepless Night? You Are Not Alone

Twisting and turning, it's an endless night.

Read More

Home sellers are realizing it's no longer their housing market

The housing market has rapidly changed.

Read More

Happy Fourth of July!

Take some time to connect with loved ones and enjoy some R&R.

Read More

Why Microsoft Measures Employee Thriving, Not Engagement

A new way to support and empower your teams.

Read More

How to Be Happy

Public policies based on culture are making people happy.

Read More