It’s no secret that it’s hot in Florida, everyone who’s ever been here knows that but you do tend to get used to it and you adapt. I’m always giving runners advice on how we stay cool when running in the Florida heat but I often get asked how we stay cool and comfortable in general, especially with the humidity.
As I said, we adapt to the heat and humidity. We develop ways to stay comfortable and cool and for those of you who wonder how I do it, here are some of my tips.
Keep your head cool. It’s the number one thing I tell people. You may think wearing a hat is hot but actually it keeps the sun off of your face and helps to cool you down. If you don’t like wearing hats, wear a visor. I wear one every day when I run. Every. Single. Day.
I have a pretty small head but I live in this one, even when we go out on the boat.
Cool your engine first. Just like a car, your body needs fluids to keep it cool. I munch on fruit like watermelon and strawberries throughout the day and I also drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is key.
Cotton is king. I love my cotton underwear. It breathes and its super light. That’s really important here in Florida. No one likes to have something sticking to them underneath their clothes. It’s not only unsightly, it’s really uncomfortable.
Wear Sports Bras under all the things. I wear sports bras as much as possible. If you see me in anything other than an evening dress, chances are I probably have on a moisture wicking sports bra underneath. You can get the same support with a sports bra as you do with a really good bra but a sports bra is much more comfortable in my opinion and the moisture wicking option is a must!
This is one of my personal favorites. Focusing on a comfy, moisture wicking base layer isn’t just for women either. Choosing the right men’s underwear, like these, make all the difference for guys too!
Forego the heavy makeup. Makeup tends to run down your face when it’s hot and that’s why I stick to a light moisturizer with sunscreen instead of foundation and I use very minimal makeup.
This is not pretty.
Dress for comfort. I love light colors and really thin fabrics. I don’t like to feel restricted by clothing and being able to move in it is a must and that’s why I prefer clothing that’s light and airy. Long flowy cotton dresses look just as nice as a tight pencil skirt and it’s much easier to step out of my SUV!
Be mindful of your feet. High heels sure do look nice, especially with a really nice outfit, but let’s face it, they aren’t the most comfortable. I recycle my old running shoes and wear them when I’m running errands, garage sale-ing on the weekend, or shopping. When the occasion calls for something other than my running shoes, I wear cute flat sandals as much as possible. Lately, I’m living in my Sperry Calla Jade sandals in Blue, LOVE!
This is a broken ankle waiting to happen.
Misting sprays for your face. I have a couple of these and I keep one in my purse at all times. Not only does that mist feel great on your face, it gives you a nice little glow as well.
Lower your temperature with your wrists. If you find yourself out running around during the day and the heat is getting to you but you certainly cannot take a dip in the pool, just run your wrists under really cool water for 10 – 15 seconds. This trick actually lowers your whole body temperature and it keeps it cool for up to an hour!
What are your tips for staying cool and comfortable?