Getting active in the summer can feel like a miserable idea. But, it doesn’t have to be! When the day’s heat rolls in and a quick trip out the front door causes beads of sweat, you have two choices: stay inside and take it easy, or make the most of these hot summer days.
Beat Hot Summer Days and Get Moving
Healthy habits don’t take a rain check. Even on the worst of days, it’s important that you keep them up to manage your weight. This means paying attention to what you eat, how much, getting regular physical activity and engaging in self-care.
Exercising with the scorching heat outside can be risky though. However, with proper precaution and a little creativity, you can make it happen.
Carry a Portable and Insulated Water Bottle
Stay hydrated throughout the day by having water at your side. Buy a bottle with a clip top to hook to your bag, or put it in the side pocket of a back pack. To keep your water cold, use an insulated bottle that will lock-in cooler temperatures and preserve any ice.
Find Outdoor Alternatives
Don’t want to bother stepping outside? If you have a gym membership, spend hot days there. Use a variety of exercise equipment to work different muscles. You can also clear space in your living room to do strength-based exercises, step aerobics, dance or jumping jacks.
Dress for Success
Wear light-colored, lightweight clothes. Moisture-wicking fabric can also be helpful. Don’t forget accessories like sunglasses and a sturdy visor or bandanna for holding your hair back.
Do Water-based Activities
Beat the heat directly by taking a splash! Plan a beach trip to walk along the shore and jump in the ocean. Do laps in your backyard or community pool. Try canoeing or kayaking. These are all great workouts for burning calories and having loads of fun at the same time.
Plan around the Time of Day
The heat is worst in the early and mid-afternoon. For a cooler workout, try getting active in the morning before the sun fully breaks or in the evening after it has gone down.
Eat Cooling Foods
Pre-workout snacks can keep you energized and cool. Some cooling snacks includes “skinny” fruit smoothies, chilled or frozen fruit, crisp salad, chilled veggies and homemade popsicles.
Be Prepared and Cautious
Before doing any kind of outdoor workout, check with your doctor to make sure you’re cleared. Some people are restricted in the types of activities they can do, especially under certain weather conditions. You should also know the signs of dehydration and sun poisoning. Finally, grab a buddy to work out with to play it extra safe.