Ask anyone living in the big city what their least favourite part of a summer day is, and they’ll all have the same answer to give: their commute. And understandably so. If commuting in rush-hour traffic is bad enough already, the soaring temperatures and increased humidity of the summers don’t make it any easier.
But do the summers have to be the most stressful time of the year? At Glyd, we don’t think so. Read on for some tips on how to stay cool through the summer.
Eat small. Eat frequent.
Eating big, heavy meals increase your metabolic heat, which essentially means you’ll feel hotter. The answer to this is to consume smaller meals more frequently throughout your day. To make this shift, simply pack smaller portions and eat 5-6 times a day. This ensures you don’t miss out on any nutrition, and reminds you that the key to a comfortable summer day is to not eat too much anyway.
Wear light. Stay light.
Wear light-weight and light-coloured cotton garments. Cotton allows your body to breathe and absorbs perspiration as well. Darker colours, on the other hand, absorb more heat and are bound to make you uncomfortable.
Dehydration is by far the biggest problem during the summer. In our busy lives, we often forget to drink enough water throughout the day. And this can lead to some serious discomfort. So drink a lot of water and carry your own bottle everywhere you go. This’ll help reduce plastic waste and keep you feeling a lot cooler too.
Stay under the shade.
Carry an umbrella if you spend a lot of time outdoors. Direct exposure to sunlight can drain you of your energy, and simply staying under some shade makes a huge difference. Besides protecting you from harmful UV rays, being in the shade can reduce the amount of effort your body needs to take to maintain its temperature.
Make your commute more comfortable.
Remember how everybody hates commuting during the summer? We certainly do. And that’s why we encourage you to change the way you ride to work. Electric vehicles emit no carbon dioxide, which means they don’t contribute to increasing global temperatures. Besides that, the quiet ride also reduces sonic fatigue, ensures increased comfort, and helps you reach your workplace as fresh as when you departed. When you ride with Glyd, you also get access to tons of infotainment in an environment that comes with privacy screens and air purifiers.
All in all, while summers continue to be our least favourite season of the year, they can be made a lot more bearable if you just choose to do things a little differently.