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Favorite Excuse for Not Working Out: It's TOO Hot!

Favorite Excuse for Not Working Out: It's TOO Hot!

Summer is here and man is it hot out! The heat can dehydrate your body and drain your energy. This combined with feeling uncomfortably sticky and sweaty can make you want to skip the workout and head for your air-conditioned living room.

There are plenty of things you can do to work your body without overheating. Here are some ideas:

  • Swim! If you hit the pool for 30 minutes, you can burn up to 270 calories.
  • Take up a water sport like kayaking or water skiing. It works your upper body and if you get hot, you can just jump in.
  • Take a bike ride. When the wind's blowing through your hair and over your body, it feels cooler than if you were going for a run.
  • Don't do as much. If you are used to playing tennis for an hour, cut it down to 30 minutes or less.
  • Workout in an air-conditioned gym.
  • Keep ice water close by while you work out and drink as often as you feel you need to. If you are doing high intensity cardio, try to sip small amounts - drinking too much could give you a bellyache.
  • Walk the mall. That's right. It's not hot in there so you can walk back and forth staying cool and totally entertained (don't you just love people watching and window shopping?).

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Arielrb38 Arielrb38 9 years
I have to comment on the idea that when you go for a bike ride you have the wind blowing through your hair. As an avid biker I certainly enjoy biking, even in the warmest weather, but you don't feel the wind in your hair when you're wearing a helmet. In the last month I have had two friends involved in serious bike accidents, and I myself have had one not-so-serious accident. In two cases our helmets saved us from bad head injury, and in the third it undoubtedly saved my friend's life. Biking is my favorite sport, but like so much else in the world it is not without risk. Please don't encourage people to feel the wind in their hair while they ride, the only way to do that requires being incredibly unsafe.
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
Some of my friends have asked me for advice on exercise videos for the winter, but I actually prefer to use them in the summer! Running in the cold is easy, just add layers, but when it's hot there's only so little clothing you can wear! When it gets above 90 (and it's an issue here because I live in the Mid-Atlantic, which usually has icky humidity along with the heat) I stay inside in my nice air conditioning and do a video.
missaudreyjean missaudreyjean 9 years
HAH Walking in the mall is actually one of my favorite ways to get some cardio. I can walk around for a good hour or two... if I'm carrying shopping bags even better! ;-)
JessBear JessBear 9 years
Sigh, the boyfriend and I went to the pool practically every day last year, and had a great time splashing around. This year, though, we're always like, "yeah, swimming, great idea, let's do it!" And then we go, and we spend the whole time lounging and reading, and when we do get in the water, we just sort of float there like big lumps. I think I'm going to buy a pool basketball kit to motivate us a little more.
krisua krisua 9 years
Running in the heat really makes me cranky.
Koffie Koffie 9 years
I have to disagree with one of the points made in this entry, being that of drinking ice water. I think that drinking cold water is great but ice water can be too cold to drink and can be painful to those with sensative teeth. Minor point, I know.
rinet05 rinet05 9 years
haha you guys are way lucky! in amsterdam it's all rainy and the last time the sun came out completely was last wednesday, luckily i'm coming to the US in a week to get some sun!
deanna deanna 9 years
It's going to be 117 next week, here in Arizona. Gotta get up early to hit the gym, mall, pool, pavement.
muchacha muchacha 9 years
Montreal had a ridiculous heat wave at the beginning of this week; I am very sun-sensitive, and even simply walking outside made me feel dizzy and nauseous. I have had quite a few bouts with heat exhaustion in my lifetime. For anyone similarly prone, I would not recommend exercising outside when it is hot hot hot. But that doesn't mean you can't go for a swim in a pool, or workout in an air conditioned gym, if you remember to keep hydated and refuel your electrolytes after working out..
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