Many of you are psyched you don't have to deal with snow or bitter weather now that Summer is here, but now you have to deal with humidity and high temps. Here are some tips for exercising in the heat.
Just because it's Summer, that doesn't mean you have to exercise outside. If it's too hot and humid, exercise indoors at a gym or in your home. Not only will it keep you cool, but it's also helpful if you suffer from seasonal allergies
Exercise Early in the Morning or Late at Night
Temps can be 20 degrees cooler in the early morning or late evening, so reschedule your workouts during those times. If it's darker outside, exercise with a buddy.
Exercising in direct sunlight can make you overheat, so if you love getting your heart rate up outdoors, look for a place that's shady such as the woods or a neighborhood with lots of trees.
If you can't exercise in a cool, shady place, then wear a hat
($22.50) or visor
($16.50) to shield your face from the sun. It'll also absorb sweat so it doesn't drip in your eyes.
Dehydration is a big risk when exercising in the heat, since you tend to sweat a lot more. Be sure to pack some water with you. I'm a fan of Camelbak back
and waist packs
($45). If you plan on exercising in the heat longer than 30 minutes, drink electrolyte-infused water
Stand over the sink and drench your hair with water. When it's completely soaked, wrap it in a bun. As you run or bike ride, the breeze on your wet head
will keep you cool.
Work Out While Wet
Take advantage of the water and burn calories
by swimming, kayaking, water skiing, snorkeling, or surfing. The water will keep you cool, but it can also add resistance to make your workouts even more effective.
Exercise and Heat