Instead of declining those invitations, why not suggest one of these cooler alternatives? That way you can get out without the fear of getting too hot—and they can be done without traveling too far or seeing too many people.
Have a picnic
Picnics are a great alternative to the beach or pool. You get to be outdoors and enjoy nature but can do it from the sun protecting shade of a big tree or umbrella, right in your own backyard. And unlike an open-ended beach trip, picnics tend to have a clear end point. (Once the food is gone it’s time to go back inside!) For some people who struggle with heat, uncertainty around how long they’ll be expected to sit outside can be a big factor in choosing to avoid certain activities. Replacing that uncertainty with a more defined start and end time might make your time outside more enjoyable.
Take a scenic drive
The Sunday drive was a very popular leisure activity for years. Why not bring it back? You’ll get some sun on your face and see plenty of sights, all with the added comfort of air conditioning or rolled down windows. Cars are also great for conversation because they offer few distractions; aside from the driver everyone else has little to do but talk and listen. Just make sure you plan your route in advance to ensure you see the most scenic views and avoid heavy traffic.
Take a virtual museum tour
Educational, emotionally stimulating—and accessible from your home—virtual museum tours are a great way to explore famous works of art without breaking a sweat. Fun by yourself or with a virtual group, many of the world’s most prestigious museums like the Louvre and New York’s Museum of Modern Art are offering virtual tours via their websites. Not an art fan? Many zoos and aquariums are broadcasting live camera shots of their most playful animals. There are even some theme parks offering virtual rollercoaster rides or walk throughs of their most popular attractions.
Organize a water fight
Water guns. Water balloons. A garden hose with a spray attachment. Pick your hydrated weapon of choice, stand twenty paces apart, and then let the water war begin. An old-fashioned water fight is a great way to get some exercise and still stay cool. Water fights can be fun for all ages, but this idea will most likely appeal to those with younger children at home.
Watch the sun set over the water
This isn’t a beach alternative as much as a beach compromise, but worth sharing. If you’re getting a lot of beach invitations, try suggesting a change of time instead of venue. If you go to the beach in the late afternoon the sun and heat will be less intense for you, while everyone gets to enjoy the beauty of watching the sun go down over the ocean. Everyone wins!