When It’s Over 100, Keep Your Cool

Jun 25th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Reread the title, it is “When it’s over 100, keep your cool.”  The “it” refers to the temperature not your age.  This record heatwave in parts of the country challenges the wisest to stay indoors in the hottest part of the day.  But, come on, we all know that.  Sure, that’s why people still challenge Mother Nature by leaving their dogs in a locked car in July.  That’s why, no matter what, that yard has to be attacked today, and that includes between the hours of 12 and 4.  That’s why duffers take on  the golf course no matter what. 

I have been guilty of ignoring the signs, even though I am rather conscientious about taking breaks, drinking plenty of  H2O and avoiding the hours noon to four.  It is easy to get goal directed and to ignore conventional wisdom to stay inside. 

Keeping your cool however extends beyond just using common sense about weather.  If our ages matched the temperature, my age would be at a pleasantly cool Bahamas’ like number.  If I could sustain a temperature that doesn’t rise too high or drop too low, I’m talking now behaviorally, that would be ideal. But extremes in our behavioral temperatures occur just as they do  with the climate. 

Keeping our Cool, a cliche from some decades ago, is still good counsel.



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