Even though Summer air is so hot and humid, I still try to exercise outdoors. The other day as I set out for a run, I noticed a light sprinkle in the air; I was so relieved. Rain can definitely keep you cool, and it can also be more challenging than exercising in dry weather. So here are some tips for working out in the rain:
- Stay near your home or office when working out in case it starts to downpour and you need to head inside.
- Slip on a lightweight rain jacket or some kind of waterproof layer that will repel the raindrops. You want the water to bead off you and not get absorbed in your clothes (extra water weight makes moving harder). If it's too hot to even think about wearing long sleeves then find a sleeveless top made of waterproof material.
- The same goes for your bottoms. Wear some shorts or pants designed to repel water.
- Cloudy weather darkens the sky so whatever you wear, be sure it's bright colored or reflective. If it's really gloomy out, wearing a headlamp greatly increases your visibility to cars and other people.
- When it comes to your feet, slip on some wicking socks to absorb any wetness. Purchase some waterproof sneakers, too. If splurging for a pair isn't in your budget, just avoid puddles since wet feet is a major cause of blisters.
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- I always wear sunglasses when it's raining to prevent water from pelting me in the eyes. A hat is a good idea too since it shields water from your eyes, face, and neck.
- If you listen to music, cover your iPod or whatever you use with a waterproof case. If you don't have one, a Ziploc bag is a great alternative. You'll also want to use a set of waterproof headphones. Look for other waterproof rain gear designed for the activity you plan on doing. A mudguard for your bike is one example.
- Avoid exercising on busy roads to prevent whizzing cars from splashing puddles all over you.
- Don't be too hard on yourself. You may not be able to exercise as long, as far, or in certain places, so just enjoy the time you have and don't try to set any personal records. Be proud that you chose to exercise in the rain, since most people use that as an excuse to skip out.
- A little rain can't hurt, but lightning is another story. If you see flashes or hear thunder then head indoors. Hit the gym, pop in an exercise DVD, or do some strength training instead.