After being cooped up all winter long, nothing makes you want to get outside like warm weather. But some find the sweltering heat of summer discourages them from their daily exercise routine. If you want to work-out but not burn out, here are some tips that might help.
- Drink plenty of water. The more you sweat, the quicker you dehydrate, so don’t forget your water bottle. Drinking water before you workout will allow you to stay hydrated longer and go the distance. Fruits are loaded with water and nutrients too, so don’t hesitate to go to town on a watermelon or summer peach to refuel after your workout.
- Wear a hat! Or sun visor. Not only does protecting your head keep you cooler, but headgear keeps sweat out of your eyes so you can keep focused.
- Break up your exercise routine into smaller increments. Your BodyMediaFIT, will show you small bursts of activity throughout the day burn just as many calories as one long session of activity.
- Slow it down. You don’t have to sprint a marathon or join a boot camp to keep fit. Mix up your exercise routine with yoga or tai-chi. Not only will you cool down, but these exercises will build deep muscle and improve your flexibility.
- Location, location, location. Asphalt roads and blacktop are notoriously hot and often exposed to the sun’s heat all day. Try to find a nice shaded trail, or gravel path to get out of the heat. Or better yet, why not take advantage of the cool breeze coming off your nearby lake, river, or bay. And when in doubt, you can always exercise indoors!