Summer might be winding down, but it doesn't mean the temperatures have dropped yet. We're still sweating it out in the heat and humidity - thank goodness for AC! With the sun beating down, you might be more inclined to lounge at the beach than go for a run - but with these five tips, you can beat the heat and keep moving!
Nothing kills summer workout goals like dehydration. Without adequate fluids, you'll feel sluggish and lethargic (and working out will be the last thing you want to do). To ensure that dehydration doesn't derail your fitness plan, make sure that you're drinking water throughout the day, and hydrating extra before and after a sweaty workout, to replace lost fluid. Keep a water bottle at your desk at work and bring some fluid along when running or walking (we're fans of this hydration belt).
2. Get Proper Gear
The summer sun guarantees you'll break a sweat, and it's no fun being stuck in sweaty clothes. Invest in the proper gear to make your workout more pleasant (and less sweaty!). Avoid cotton, as it retains moisture, and look for lightweight gear that is made of a polyester blend. This fabric will wick away sweat and help keep you dry. A hat is another important must-have, keeping the sun off your face and shielding you from radiant heat. Outfitted with the right gear, you'll be ready to tackle any workout, no matter the temperature!
3. Slather on the Sunscreen!
Sunburns are not only bad for skin health, but they also impair your body's ability to cool itself. To avoid overheating (and risks of skin cancer!), make sure to wear sunscreen whenever you're outside. Try sport sunscreen if you have a hard workout planned and know you'll be breaking a sweat!
4. Be an Early Bird
Set your alarm clock early to beat the heat and get your workout in before it warms up. The afternoon is typically the hottest time of the day, and it may not cool down in the evening, so your best bet for a workout in cooler temps is in the morning before work. The early bird gets the worm, plus the added bonus of having your workout out of the way!
5. Head Indoors
Some days you have to concede to the weather and take your workout indoors - when there's a heat advisory, it's best not to take any risks exercising outside. Thankfully, you can still stay active with an indoor workout. Enjoy the AC with a treadmill run or elliptical workout, or swap your typical outdoor walk for laps around an air-conditioned indoor track.