As the first day of summer quickly approaches, many of us are looking to stay cool in the summer heat. Sure, a good sweat every now and then leaves you feeling like you’ve just nailed a killer workout, but everyone loves a good cool-down!
If you are trying to manage your weight, however, you want to steer clear of the typical cool-down advice. You wouldn’t want to spend the majority of your day indoors with a bowl full of ice cream and an A.C. that reaches plummeting temperatures (or maybe you do, but you know it wouldn’t help!). Fortunately, there are many ways to stay cool and beat the heat.
Stay Cool in Summer Sunshine
Don’t let the heat get the best of you as the sun comes out to play for a few summer months. Get a leg up on the warmer weather with these healthy tips to keep you safe, happy and fit.
Choose Cooling Foods
Yes, food can actually cool you down! Try to consume as many fruits and vegetables as possible while avoiding a heavy intake of meat and foods which are extremely protein-rich. Why? The latter foods can increase your body’s production of metabolic heat. That’s not to say you can’t eat these foods, but do so in moderation.
Hydrate All Day, Every Day
We can’t stress this enough! Keep a bottle of water on you at all times during the day to prevent dehydration and replace what your body loses from sweat. Water will also prevent fatigue, boost energy and cool you down. Throw in ice for an extra kick!
Hit the Water
No, not the liquid you drink – although you should be drinking water constantly. Take a dip in your backyard or community pool to beat the heat and enjoy a fun workout. Not a fan of the pool? Try making a trip to the beach or even a nearby lake. You may also find opportunities to go kayaking, canoeing or snorkeling.
Time Your Outdoor Workouts
Summer heat is at its peak in the middle of the afternoon. If you want to exercise outside but don’t want the warm weather to beat you down, time your workouts for mornings before the sun rises and evenings after the sun sets.
Get Plenty of Sleep
What does sleep have to do with temperature? You’re more likely to get fatigued on hot days if you’ve been skimping on your slumber. As per recommended sleep advice, aim for a solid seven to hours each night.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
This is especially true when you’re working out. Don’t exercise in your winter clothes! Opt for loose fitting, thinner articles of clothing that don’t cling to your body and trap moisture. Try to stay away from cotton, and don’t be afraid to wear a heat or a headband to keep your head cool, too. When you’re not exercising, kick-it with sandals!
Staying indoors to avoid sweltering temperatures can give you the summer blues. Don’t let that happen! You can stay cool and focused on your weight management goals at the same time. All you need is a strategy and a game plan to make it work.