How to Exercise in the Heat
Keeping that summer bod in shape isn’t always easy when the sweltering heat hits. Hot, humid air can make you feel lethargic and even hard to breathe. Here are some easy tips to keep up your exercise routine, even in the heat:
Time it Right
Early mornings and evenings are the best time to get your workout in. Avoid 10 AM to 3 PM because that’s usually the hottest part of the day. Early morning workouts can give you an energy boost for the rest of the day, plus you’ll get it out of the way early and won’t feel it hanging over you all day.
Water, Water, Water
Staying hydrated is important not just for performance but your overall well-being. Make sure you double up on your water intake when its hot. A refreshing, nutrient packed smoothie is a great way to refuel after a workout.
Water sports and other activities are also great ways to stay cool while still getting in a good workout. Water adds resistance which adds a level of strength training to your cardio – a win-win for weight loss! Jog around the pool to tone those legs or swim for a few laps for full body. Check out other pool and water exercise ideas on YouTube. There are also endless possibilities to get out on the pond, lake, or ocean with activities like kayaking (hello lean arms!), paddle boarding to strengthen your core, and so much more!
Passing showers or thunderstorms getting in the way? Those summer bouts of rain can be a relief because they brings somewhat cooler air. Go for a quick run right before, during, or after the summer rain. Just be careful and pay attention to the weather forecast. If thunderstorms are a possibility, stay home and wait it out.
Embrace the A/C
If you have air conditioning or central air, there’s plenty of exercises you can do in the comfort of your home. Jumping jacks, wall squats, and tricep dips are great options to do a simple, but effective at home workout.
No A/C? No problem! A cool basement or garage will suffice.
Take a Hike
Hiking is a great option on hot days because you’re protected by the trees meaning its often cooler. Plus many mountains and trails run along bodies of water and rivers so you can splash some water on your face to cool off. Be sure to pack enough drinking water and pay attention to trail markings. Check your state’s website for maps and regulations. There’s also lots of great Facebook groups you can check out to get firsthand tips before venturing out.
- Nashua Nutrition