20 Ways to Stay Cool
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20 Ways to Stay Cool

There are plenty of ways to beat the heat, whether you're picnicking or exercising outdoors. Test your sun smarts with our quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What types of clothes should you wear to stay cool?

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The correct answer is: Dress cool by wearing loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing. They help reflect heat and sunlight to keep your body cool.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What is the best surface to run on to keep cool in the summer?

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The correct answer is: If you want to stay cool and work out outside, try running or walking on a dirt path, which doesn't absorb the sun as much as other surfaces.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is a proven trick to keep you cool while you work out?

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The correct answer is: Holding a cold water bottle in your hands while you exercise can help keep you cool. Another trick: Freeze the bottle of water and hold it while you work out. As it melts, you can drink some of the water to cool you down even more.

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What time of day should you avoid exercising outside in order to keep cool?

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The correct answer is: Avoid exercising in the middle of the day when the sun is the hottest. If you do go outdoors during that time, avoid direct sun and try to find shade -- or exercise in a pool.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

How long is it safe to exercise in the heat?

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The correct answer is: Don’t exercise in the heat for more than 90 minutes at a time. If you're exposed to heat for too long, you're incresaing your risk for heat cramps, heat exhaustion and even heat stroke.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

How often should you drink water when you're walking to stay cool and hydrated?

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The correct answer is: The National Academy of Sports Medicine suggests consuming 1.5 cups of water for every 20 minutes you're walking. If the temperature or humidity is high you may need to consume more water.

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How often should you apply sunscreen if you're outside in the heat?

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The correct answer is: Slather on sunscreen every two hours. Sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher is recommended. Burns aren't just bad for your complexion or health; they also raise your body temperature.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you want to cool off, you should drink hot tea.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Hot beverages like tea signal receptors in the brain that respond to heat. As a result, your body begins to cool you down by making you sweat. However, perspiration only cools you down as long as the sweat can evaporate off your skin, so humidity or layers of clothing can reduce the effect.

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Which of the following is a good way to tell if your body has enough water?

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The correct answer is: You really only need to drink enough water until your urine is clear.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these beverages should you avoid if you want to stay cool?

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The correct answer is: Just because a drink is cold doesn't mean it will keep you cool. Compensate for the dehydrating effects of alcohol by alternating a glass of water with each alcoholic beverage.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Applying ice to which of these spots can help you stay cool?

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The correct answer is: Your pulse points are your body's quickest cooling spots. Placing ice cubes on easy-to-find pulse points like your wrists, neck and inner elbows and knees, can help you cool off quickly.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

What percentage of water intake comes from food?

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The correct answer is: About 20 percent of our water intake comes from the food we eat. That's because a lot of food is made up of about 50 percent water. If you eat water-rich foods you'll be able to keep your body cool in the sweltering heat.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of the following foods can help you stay hydrated the most?

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The correct answer is: All of these foods will help keep you cool, but taking a bite out of a tomato is the best. Tomato is made up of 94 percent water, so it will help keep you from getting dehydrated. Cucumber is a close second with 90 percent water and pear is made up of 85 percent water.

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True or false: Eating cooked rice can help you stay cool.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Cooked rice is a water-dense food and will help keep you hydrated so that you don't overheat.

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True or false: If you want to stay cool, take a bite out of something spicy.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Spicy foods cause you to sweat, which in turn cools you off.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Adding which of these to a glass of water can help you feel cool?

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The correct answer is: While it may not actually lower your temperature, mint can provide a cool sensation that feels refreshing on a hot day.

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True or false: Drinking a super cold drink can keep your body cool for up to one hour.

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The correct answer is: This is true. New Zealand researchers found that driinking a frosty mix of flavored shaved ice could keep body temperatures cool for about an hour.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you're hot, you should fan yourself to keep cool.

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The correct answer is: This is false, according to some experts. The theory goes that fanning yourself takes energy, which actually makes you hotter.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Stay away from salty foods to prevent heat exhaustion.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Sweating depletes the body of water and salt. To prevent heat exhaustion or heat cramps, try eating foods like salted crackers or salted pretzels.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Why is it especially good to eat watermelon, papaya and celery to stay cool on a hot day?

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The correct answer is: Not only are watermelon, papaya and celery rich in water, but they also contain sodium and potassium, which are all needed to prevent dehydration.

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