There are a lot of things to love about living in the South, but the weather in the summer isn’t one of them, at least not for me! “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity,” is what most people say when they complain about the weather where they live.
Well, in our case, the heat and the humidity are both pretty ridiculous. Seriously, I can’t count how many days I look at the thermometer and it is 110 degrees, and the humidity is at 100%!
It can be so tempting to just call it quits on your whole exercise routine until summer is over, but that’s a really bad idea, especially with all that fattening food we eat down here! How do I stay in shape when it’s hot and humid? Here are a few suggestions!
5 Ways to Beat the Heat
1. Work out early in the morning or late in the evening. This usually is best if you work full time anyway! Stay out of the high midday sun.
The Happy FIt Mama agrees,
Run early. Morning temperatures are usually the coolest during the summer. It also will give you a break from the strongest hours of sunlight.
If you aren’t a morning person, then try exercising at night. Even just a walk around the block after the sun sets and you are finished with dinner can keep you fit.
2. Exercise indoors. There is no time like the present to make use of your gym membership. Don’t have one? Even just a few basic items at home can make for a functional home gym. There are also tons of exercises you can do indoors without free weights or anything!
The Triad to Wellness Fitness Boards should give you plenty of inspiration. Here you will find mat workouts, strength training, stretching and more. If you can’t find something up your alley on their site, you are trying hard enough!
3. Pick a sport that gets you out of the heat. Swimming or diving is great fun, and you can also try indoor sports on ice rinks if you have one locally. There are plenty of water sports to keep you cool all summer long. Here are just a few of our favorites
- Paddle Boarding
- Water Aerobics
- Water Volleyball
4. Stay hydrated. This can’t be emphasized enough! You not only need extra water to keep yourself going longer when you work out in the summer heat, but you also need it to function at your best. It is a good idea to start drinking water around 15 minutes before you are going to work out, and then drink an extra eight ounces for every 20 minutes you spend exercising.
Alkaline water has been known to help keep you get hydrated faster due to the smaller molecules. This means your body has an easier time absorbing it. As a result, it is easier to stay hydrated with alkaline water than it is with tap water.
To top it off, alkaline water has all kinds of exciting health benefits which can help you make more of your workouts! The Alkaline Water Pinterest Board has some cool portable and bottled alkaline water solutions that make it easier to take it with you when you jog.
5. Dress for the heat. A key way to stay cool is to make sure your dressed for weather & that doesn’t always mean wearing fewer clothes.
The Skinny Mom says,
Wear loose, cool clothing: When you’re outside in the summer heat, make sure you’re wearing light colors that will reflect the heat, and materials that will help evaporate sweat. Wearing loose fitted clothing will also help keep you cool without feeling sticky and drenched.
Just Do It!
So there you go. It may be hot and humid down here in the South, but as we head into summer, you can make the decision not to give up on your workouts this year!
Just time your exercises and choose activities which will keep you out of the heat. Stay hydrated and try drinking alkaline water instead of regular tap water. Work out in your house if you have to.
You don’t necessarily have to push yourself really hard just to keep in shape either. A simple walk around the block several days a week is often enough. The most important thing is to just to get up & start moving!