staying cool on hot days

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  1. mr_spaz104

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    (i was about to put this in the health and fitness section, but i didn't think it fit all that well, but if it is better suited in another section, please feel free to move it there.)

    for the last week in california, it's been really hot like in the high 80s and even hotter on the tennis court. it was like 95 on the tennis court, or at least felt like it - it was really humid.

    does anyone have any tips on how to stay cool?

    (we can't take shirts off in our particular club :p)

    thanks in advanced
     
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  2. looseswing

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    If you can't take your shirts off take your pants off. :D
    On a more real note I would say drink a lot of water and perhaps watered down gatorade to keep the vitamins you need inside of you. Also try one of those Nike dri-fit shirts because they are much thinner than normal shirts. I think its the kind of weather that you get used to playing to. I played camp every day for about six hours in that weather last summer and the first couple of days I got these huge headaches but soon I adjusted.
     
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  3. Docalex007

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    Ok, first things first. Avoid playing on days of high humidity....your body will not cool properly due to the saturated air...less sweat will be evaporating off your skin (which is the key component in cooling the body).

    Second, you have probably realized that standing on court is much hotter than standing on off court on some grass or something. The hard courts absorb huge amounts of energy from the sun and reemit the energy back up in almost pure thermal radiation form. So basically you're being cooked....alive. :)

    Best thing to do, don't play in the middle of the day, if you must, drink lots of water in the morning before going out there....and keep drinking throughout play. You are 60% water...you lose around 2 liters of water per day, add another 1-2 liters to that if you play tennis. Drink Drink Drink....

    Also....wear a material that will breathe for you. Stuff like Adidas ClimaCool or Nike DryFit. Wear a visor instead of a hat....it allows your head to cool off better...a hat will keep in too much heat. The visor tip is a huge one...so try it, you'll see.
     
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    One summer, it was so hot, I rented an Alaskan Cruise video and played it. . . it cooled me down, just watching the ice!
     
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  5. tnig469

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    Water really is the best thing to stay cool...i normally get extremely hot during any time of weather...i stared to sweat when it was snowing most of the time...i wear my under armour...sleveless...and bring a towel on humid days...and after u do play so many days in the heat u willl get used to it...cuz i was about to die the first day...o yeah try wearing a bandanna like a pirate :)
     
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  6. T_S_N

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    I agree with that.

    Not just the nike dri-fit shirts, but any shirts that have those little wholes under the arms and other places helps keep you cool, and dont wear dark colors lol.

    I dont really know what else to say besides that because i live in gulfport, ms (on the coast), and i am just used to the hot weather (alot of my tennis is during the summer and its atleast 85 everyday + its really humid)
     
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  7. shwayguy

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    Two words...MISTY-MATE!
     
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  8. dannyjjang

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    mate its 100 here and humid
     
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  9. HyperHorse

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    Suck on some mints... Peppermint oil has a very cooling effect....
    Especially when u suck on a few mints and then drink something...
    That cooling effect will go all the way down to your stomach..
     
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  10. Docalex007

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    Cooling "effect". LOL ;)
     
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    right... so you're going to try it?
    im telling u, it WORKS...
     
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  12. Docalex007

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    Well I don't want something that "artificially" creates the feeling of cooling down. I want to actually and really cool down....shed off some heat. The mint thing will give you a false sensation of cooling down maybe...but it will be short lived and have no last effect.

    But I will try it though. :)
     
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  13. snoflewis

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    where i live...it usually hits about 105 during the afternoon.

    the best thing i found was to just find courts that a substantial amount of shade. also, go to target and pick up some cheap polyester shirts (champion c9). they're very thin and light and are only like $9
     
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    Geez you guys really need to start planting TREES b4 global warming totally takes over.... :-(
     
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  15. wyutani

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    have you ever try eating ice mate'? it helps...it does...
     
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    thats only a short term solution....
    and why do u have to say mate @ the end of every sentence??...
    Im in Australia but i never use the word, just sounds annoying to me...
     
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  17. Freedom

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    Boo hoo. It's been 95 degrees off the court here.
     
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  18. andyroddick's mojo

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    yes, sucking on ice is a good way to cool down really quickly. lets say on a changeover, and you're just burnt. take an ice cube and suck on it, it'll melt in like a minute, and you'll immediately feel cooler.

    another tip is to avoid playing during hours of lots of sun, such as between 10 am - 3 pm.

    drink lots of water as well.
     
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    I am not sure if this is true or not, but I think that hartru courts absorb and emit less heat than hard courts so if you play on hard courts you might want to give that a try.
     
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  20. Dedans Penthouse

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    Jimmy Connors in high heat/humidity would soak (repeatedly as needed) a bandana in ice water and tie/wear it around his neck.

    This probably belongs in "Health & Fitness" but since "hot days" is the issue at hand, here's an old football trick (esp. good for you Bruce Willis/Michael Jordan baldsters out there--it does work): players sometimes "froze" cabbage leaves and wore them 'underneath their helmets. You can do the same wearing a well-ventilated, micro-fiber hat. "Freeze" some cabbage leaves in a freezer, then bring them with you on court by storing them in a mini cooler containing an ice pack. (I'm serious about the following): "Wear" the cabbage leaf underneath a loosely-fitted cool mesh hat. The hat protects you from the sun and the chilled cabbage leaf will more than compensate for "stored heat" generated from the use of wearing a hat. The turgid cabbage leaves are "sturdy" to the point that they won't wilt as readily as say, lettuce; and in "staying strong" they'll "hold" the chill much longer. The loose-fitted hat allows for a pocket of "chilled" air to float near your nogin. A tight-fitted hat pressed flush against your scalp will "squeeze" the chill out of the cabbage leaf, i.e. you're trying to chill the air as well. I admit it sounds strange but what if you have no choice as to when you're going to be on court on a hot/humid day (e.g. scheduled to play a tournament match)?? So what if you look like a cabbage patch knucklehead, it's still an effective way to help you chill out. And what's more, you can always use the (non-used) "leftovers" for coleslaw. :)

    If you feel like you may start cramping, here's another bizzare football-in-the-heat remedy (that is, if your stomach can hold it down): drink a small glass (6oz.) of chilled "non-sweet" pickle brine. The brine not only contains sodium but also contains chloride, a much needed element that goes to pot (along with potassium, zinc, etc.) when your electrolytes start to fizzle. Don't drink "bread 'n butter" (sweet) type pickle brine--too much sugar will cause it to "sit" in the belly and not distribute as readily into the blood steam. A good "non-sweet" example would be the Vlasic (brand name) variety, i.e. pickles sold in the refrigerated counters of the store. The "brine" usually takes around 15-20 minutes to get into your system, but it will help retain some minerals and stave off some of the cramping.

    Do note that on a hot, humid day, you'll encounter your most serious heat-related problems after you've come off the court. Since you're no longer exerting yourself physically, your heart rate drops so less blood is pumped nearer to the skin's surface (along with oxygen) which facilitates in the "cooling" process. However, your body has yet to cool down. So, as a result, the body compensates by INCREASING the sweating process (i.e. you can't stop sweating). As a result, your electrolytes can litterally be flushed ("pour") out of your body unchecked and end up in that "puddle' that is now collecting on the ground beneath you. Beware the "NaCl laden" pickle brine remedy if you've got some "cardiac" issues; then again, if you have a shaky ticker, you shouldn't be playing in that kind of heat/humidity in the first place.

    Additionally, hydrating begins the day(s) before; thirst alone is no indicator of how much water/fluids you need. Beware caffine and alcohol; diaretics that increase the chance of de-hydration.
     
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  21. brownbearfalling

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    Pour your ice water on a towel and put it over your head. It feels really good when it's hot.
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  22. 9000tennis

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    Drink alot of water. All day long. And definetely just before you play. And also, use some cooling lotion, especially on your face.

    I know it is very nice to put ice cubes in your mouth, drink ice water and put ice on your head, but sometimes it can create problems.
    The thing is that when your body is really heated up, including your stomach, and you drink ice water, it can create cramps in your stomach, and that is not very nice. It can give your stomach a shock, and that can be pretty nasty and painfull. The same thing with putting ice on your face. I saw a guy pass out because of that. So be careful with the ice.
    I drink alot of cold water, not ice water, but cold water, use lotion, which will cool my face, and also make sure that my muscles are warmed up, doing alot of streching, preparing my body for the heat.
    And you can also bring an umbrella and use it during changeovers.
     
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