The Top: Eight Ways to Keep Cool During the Summer

Beat the Riverside heat with these tips and on-campus resources

Swimming at the Student Recreation Center’s pool is a fun way to beat the Riverside heat.

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It’s not a secret that it can get pretty hot in Riverside during the summer. That’s why this week, we are featuring tips and on-campus resources to help you survive those triple digit temperatures. Stay cool, Highlanders!

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1. Stay Cool By Looking Cool

Dressing in light colored, loose-fitting clothing and a hat like Scotty Highlander will make the UCR heat more BEAR-able.

Dressing in light colored, loose-fitting clothing and a hat like Scotty Highlander will make the UCR heat more BEAR-able.

Dress the part! If you want to feel cool, start with your clothes.

Lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting, tightly woven clothes are recommended for hot summer days. UCR’s Environmental Health and Safety also suggests to do this test to help you pick your outfits: “Place your hand between a single layer of the clothing and a light source. If you can see your hand through the fabric, the garment offers little protection.”

Other ways to look cool: wear a hat to protect your neck, face, ears and scalp; and apply sunscreen with a minimum of 15  sun protection factor (SPF).

2. Eat Foods With High-Water Content

The Southwest salad at Glen Mor Market is a nutritious and hydrating food option to eat during hot summer days.

They say, “you are what you eat.” So try to eat lighter meals and foods with high-water content this summer! Foods like cucumber, broccoli, watermelon, berries, tomatoes and leafy greens are full of nutrients and are hydrating to your body. These ingredients can be found at UCR’s on-campus restaurants, Scotty’s convenience stores and Glen Mor Market.

3. Treat Yourself to Ice Cream

Ice Cream Food Truck

Stay up to date with Moo Moo’s time and location on campus by following its Twitter account.  Jeanette Marantos

A sweet and refreshing way to fight the heat during the sizzling summer! Luckily for Highlanders, ice cream is easily accessible through Moo Moo food truck, where soft-serve ice cream cones and hand-crafted sundaes are sold. Scotty’s convenience stores also sells ice cream treats to satisfy your cravings.

4…Or a Cold Beverage?

Ivans_Smoothies

The strawberry-lime and mango-lime smoothie are available at Bytes and Ivan’s. Photo via UCR DINING

Whether it be a smoothie at Ivan’s, cold pressed juices at Scotty’s convenience stores, an ice blended drink at Coffee Bean or a frappuccino from Starbuck’s, there’s plenty of options at UCR to quench your thirst and stay cool.

5. But Don’t Forget The Water

 Be sure to make good use of UCR's filtered water systems across campus. Photo via UC Riverside Official Instagram

Be sure to make good use of UCR’s filtered water systems across campus. Photo via UC RIVERSIDE OFFICIAL INSTAGRAM

The best action you can take for your body during these summer months is to drink lots of water. UCR’s Environmental Health and Safety recommends about one cup every 15 minutes.

And be sure to make good use of UCR’s filtered water systems placed in various locations around campus. These hydration stations will fulfill all your H2O needs by supplying fresh, filtered water into the drinking container of your choice. Drink up!

6. Rest Regularly

Find a nice, shady tree on campus to take a break from the sun. Photo via UC Riverside Official Instagram

Find a nice, shady tree on campus to take a break from the sun. Photo via UC RIVERSIDE OFFICIAL INSTAGRAM

Taking frequent breaks out of the sun is important for preventing heat-related illnesses and keeping cool. At UCR, there’s the umbrella-covered tables in front of the Highlander Union Building and lots of areas with trees providing shade, as well as air-conditioned rooms for you to rest.

7. Take a Dip in the Student Recreation Center’s Pool

Student Recreation Center Pool

Swimming at the Student Recreation Center’s pool is a fun way to beat the Riverside heat. So water you waiting for?

The Student Recreation Center (SRC) is equipped with a 237,000 gallon swimming pool that is perfect for withstanding scorching summers. The swim area is fit for chilling by the poolside, recreational swimming and various aquatic programs such as dive-in movie nights, aqua zumba and scuba courses. The pool is available for undergraduate students and SRC members with proper IDs.

8. Check Your Shadow

carillion day time

If you’re unsure about the sun’s intensity, take the shadow test: If your shadow is shorter than you, the sun’s rays are the day’s strongest.

According to UCR’s Environmental Health and Safety, UV rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. So try to strategize your exposure to the sun away from those times.

And if you are unsure about the sun’s intensity, take the shadow test: If your shadow is shorter than you, the sun’s rays are the day’s strongest.

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