Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Toronto: But...I don't love the heat.

What is up with Toronto's weather? Last week we had that massive storm that made the city unable to function and people are still talking about it. This week, it's a massive heat wave. The temperature is at mid-30's C, but with other factors, such as humidity, involved, everyday has been feeling around mid-40's C.

So, Toronto - you just can't make up your mind with the weather eh?

In all honesty, I've been trying my best to keep shelter, also known as trying my best to not leave my seat in the basement, the last few days. But, here are some activities that I've done this week with some old friends and myself to beat this heat!

1. Air conditioning is such an energy eater. It's kind of tempting to turn it on, but at the same time, is it worth the higher energy bill? Do seek out for cooler places, such as your basement (or a friend's basement) and public spaces. Do some window shopping at the mall; sit in a cafe and browse the internet there or read a book or even catch up with friends over coffee; Go watch a movie at a theatre.

2. Running outside in such humidity SUCKS. Opt out for some introductory prices/memberships at gym, yoga/pilate studio, spin studios, etc. These places tend to be air conditioned and even after you sweat from getting fit, there's usually a shower there to use before heading back home.

3. Definitely stay hydrated. If water isn't your thing, try making iced tea/coffee at home, pop a few drinks in the fridge the night before to have for the next day, or put a slight flavour into your water by adding lemon/lime/cucumbers.

4. Watermelons x infinity. Chilled watermelons is probably the best treat to have on summer days. I'm obsessed and hope to consume as many slices as possible in the coming hot, hot days.

5. Especially with the extreme heat alert, Toronto parks have most likely extended their pool hours. Find your local swimming pool and cool down in the chilled water. If you have a local indoor pool, that is even better.

6. Yes, I know it's unbearably hot to even have the thought of being outside - but some parks have wonderful shades to spend the day under. Bring a picnic of cold treats and enjoy it with some friends! Toronto island is also a nice spot.

Also, with such great weather, use it to your advantage and turn off those clothes dryers! It would take less than a day to dry your clothes outside!

I hope this gives you some ideas. Wherever you are, the summer season is always hot and sweaty. How are you beating the heat? Let me know in the comments below or email me your tactics - I'll love to hear new ones!


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