Warmer, sunny days are finally here, or maybe they’ve all been and we’re due plenty of rain now? But after exercising in cooler Spring temps, hot 30 degree days can feel overwhelming. Running, biking, hiking, even walking feels harder in the heat, so here are some tips to help you get through your Summer workouts.
Be flexible about when you work out: Sometimes it’s early in the morning, and sometimes late in the evening, so you’ll need to rearrange your schedule to fit in exercise during the coolest time of day. Although, now we’ve wrote this, Summer is probably going to be over.
- Invest in some lightweight clothes: Lightweight, breathable clothes are a must. They’ll pull moisture away from your skin, so you really do feel cooler. Wearing a hat to keep the hot sun off your head and face also helps.
- Change up the type of workout to fit the temps: On super hot and humid days, choose cooler cardio activities like biking in the wind or swimming in cold water.
- Exercise in the rain: It’s so exhilarating to feel a little sprinkle on your skin while out for a run or bike ride. If it’s thundering and lightening, head home quick; you don’t want to be out running in an electrical storm.
- Shorten or split up your workouts: Summertime isn’t the best time to push yourself, so if you can only handle 10 minutes at a time, do what you can, or exercise twice in one day.
- Slow down your pace: If you’re set on getting in a 30-minute workout, move with less intensity or do intervals to avoid overheating. Remember it’s OK to take breaks too.
- Head indoors: Now is a good time to take advantage of a monthly membership at an air-conditioned gym. Or head down to your closest Skinnypigs classes!
- Drink water all day, not just before or after your workout: Staying hydrated will help prevent some of the symptoms you may experience from exercising in heat such as dizziness, stomach cramps, and headaches. During your run, sip four to eight ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes.