By Kristin Sidorov
This summer's heat and humidity have been pretty brutal. When it's been ages since the temperature dipped below 85°F, it can be hard to find the energy to fan yourself, let alone get in a good workout.
But don't let Mother Nature get in your way. By modifying your daily routine to suit these long, hot days and using a few tricks to your energy up, you'll find your pep and stick to your fitness goals straight through fall.
1. Cool down for better zzzs.
Health and energy start with a good night's sleep, but research shows that on average, most of us struggle with falling and staying asleep during the summer months. Hot, humid weather can prevent our bodies from dropping to the temperature needed for sound sleep. But by using a cold pack (or a bag of frozen veggies) to cool down before you hit the hay, the body can adjust and start producing melatonin, the hormone that induces sleep. Just 15 minutes of using the pack on your wrists, neck, and in the