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I love summer. I love working out in the sweltering heat to the point of being a dripping puddle, wearing shorts, and not shoveling snow. I love the freedom to walk or bike places, and the farmers market, and concerts in the park. And Christmas Carols. Huh?!?!?!

Yes, Christmas Carols are allowed in the summer. In fact, when it is over 90 degrees out is the only time you can have them before Thanksgiving without violating one of the Rules and having me boycott your store and grumpily complain how that never occurred “back when I was a kid.” Because summer Christmas Carols are cool.

Think about it for a moment on a few different levels. First is the psychological programming component. When it is hot out and you talk about how hot it is, you just compound the problem because your mind is reinforcing what your body is feeling. Plus you are just being an annoying whiner! But if you start to sing “Frosty, the Snowman”, you are actually performing a type of self hypnosis and making yourself cooler, and thus better able to withstand the heat. Yes, people might look at you weird and think that you have heat stroke and that your brain melted, but that is OK. Frosty will stick in their head, and they will actually be slightly better equipped to deal with the heat too. So you are actually helping others out by doing this.

And by singing Jingle Bells in July, you bring yourself back to being a kid when the two best times of the year are summer vacation and just before Christmas. Why not put them together? You see little kids doing this all the time, and the unfettered creativity of a four year old is a wonderful inspiration. Why not tap into these two very happy periods, unify them and re-connect with the positive feelings and endorphins? Studies show happy thoughts reduce pain of all varieties, and with the economy the way it is today any free pain reduction is on the Nice List.

Now I am not saying go to the extreme and put up a Christmas tree and the creche, but have a little fun with it. Cut out some snowflakes with the kids and put them up as decorations. This will keep them from asking to play Wii for an hour or so while increasing their manual dexterity with the scissors. It also gives you a chance to remind them that Santa is watching even now, and so they should be good. Believe me, calming down the kids will reduce your temperature (and blood pressure).

So bust out those old Burl Ives recordings and get ready to sing some Christmas Carols and laugh at the heat. If need be, use the Jimmy Buffett Christmas Album and have a frozen adult beverage to counter the heat. Because Christmas comes but twice a year!

News Flash!  It’s hot out there!  Summer has finally arrived to the Northeast, with mid to upper level 90’s.  So drink lots of water, stay out of the sun, and try to stay cool.

Unless you are crazy like me and are going to go for a run in the heat because I love the heat and sweating like crazy during a workout because it just cleans everything out of your system.  So here are a couple of the ideas that I use to stay cool, that are cheap and easy.

1.  Frozen Water Bottle:  freeze your water bottle.  It will melt during your workout, giving you smaller doses of cold liquid throughout your travails.  This will make sure you hydrate throughout a 30+ minute workout.  And if you put something in the bottle (like Koolaid or whatever), it will come out of solution before the water, thus making the drink weaker throughout the run (and easier to consume).

2.  Dump water over you BEFORE you start.  Dip your head, because it will keep you cooler in the early stages of the workout.  I know runners that actually put a cold wet washcloth on their head under their hat because it will keep their temparature down for the first 30 minutes or so.

3.  Run in the shade.  “nuff said.

4.  After your run, take a quick cool shower to get the grime/sweat off.  Then plug the tub and stay in a little colder shower for a few minutes.  Will help drop your body temperature (no after shower sweatiness), plus the collected water will act as a little heat resevoir to coll your place a little bit.

Are these rocket science build your own A?C out of ice, a fan, and duct tape?  No, but they ar quick and easy ways to enjoy your workout in the heat without dying during or after.

So drink  up and enjoy the sun!