Good afternoon from T.I.G.E.R.S. in Myrtle Beach! We’ve had great weather this week although we’re experiencing the “dog days of summer”
The phrase “Dog Days of Summer” describes the most oppressive period of summer, July through September each year. But where did the term come from? And what does it have to do with dogs?
Many people believe the phrase stems from the fact that dogs tend to be sluggish during the hottest days of summer (aren’t we all? ), while others still say the days are so hot it causes dogs to go mad. But the name is actually a reference to the fact that, during this time, the Sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the brightest star visible from any part of Earth and part of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. This is why Sirius is sometimes called the Dog Star.
In the summer, Sirius rises and sets with the Sun. On July 23rd, specifically, it is in conjunction with the Sun, and because the star is so bright, the ancient Romans believed it actually gave off heat and added to the Sun’s warmth, accounting for the long stretch of sultry weather. They referred to this time as diēs caniculārēs, or “dog days.”
Swimming is a good all-round activity because it: keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs
tones muscles and builds strength provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming.
Come visit T.I.G.E.R.S. where you’ll meet tigers, wolves, leopards, chimpanzees, orangutans, and see tigers and apes swim!