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Fit Travel Tip: Plan for the Weather

Good intentions of exercising while traveling can lead to less than positive results if you don't keep an eye on the weather changes.

During a recent trip to Florida, I brought all my workout gear with the high hopes of doing workouts on the beach during my vacation. On the first day I went out, I was exhausted and dripping with sweat within minutes and had to stop. The Florida heat and sun were too much for my San Francisco blood to handle; I hadn't even considered the heat as a potential problem. So instead of doing the three mile jogs on the beach I had intended, I opted for one hour walks with a lot of water and frequent breaks. If you're heading for a vacation this Fall and Winter and plan on exercising, be sure to plan for a different climate than what you're used to. Be it too hot, or too cold, conditions may require you to alter your existing workout. And always listen to your body, if you feel fatigued or short of breath at any point, slow down and reassess your workout.

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Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
yep. so true. thought i would be able to jog around the neighborhoods in Hungary, but the weather was so stifling hot and humid that I settled for long walks, even then I was exhausted because of the sun. freaking hungarian ozone sun. and when it wasn't hot it was raining or high winds. -sigh-
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I went to Mexico for a week in December once and thought it was going to be super warm for some reason. I packed shorts and t-shirts for running and I froze my patooties off. It only got up to maybe 50 degrees in the afternoons...I learned my lesson, that's for sure!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
So true cmd - running in Pittsburgh is a huuuuge change from my runs in New Orleans, which felt like running in a steam room.
cmd0610 cmd0610 7 years
Hehe try running in the humidity and heat and blazing sun of southeast Texas (imagine no breeze at all, like the way ur oven feels when u open the door after baking cookies) from April though Oct! I do this everyday, usually at lunchtime- you get used to it ;).
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