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Tips For Running in the Summer Heat

Too Hot to Run? Tips For Beating the Summer Heat

The hot Summer sun beating down coupled with the thick humidity that engulfs you makes exercising outdoors feel so much harder. If you don't want to give up your Summer runs, here are some ways to beat the heat.

  • Exercise during the coolest time of day. I've become obsessed with checking the weather, and I look to see when the temps are going to be the lowest that day. Sometimes it's early in the morning, and sometimes late in the evening. Being flexible about when you work out will allow you to have a more comfortable run.
  • Run in cooler settings. Hit the trails in shady woods or run along a breezy beach shoreline. It can be 10 or more degrees cooler than running on the streets in your neighborhood.
  • Shorten or split up your workouts. Summertime isn't the best time to push yourself, so if you can only run 10 minutes at a time, do what you can, or run twice in one day.
  • Slow down. If you're set on your 30-minute workout, dramatically slow down your pace or do intervals of jogging and walking.
  • Skip your run and take part in cooler cardio activities. Biking in the wind, swimming in cold water, or hiking under shady trees will burn calories without making you overheat.
  • User the power of water. Wet your head, or bring along an ice sock or frozen towel to help you stay cool.
  • Head indoors. Now is a good time to take advantage of a monthly membership at an air-conditioned gym. Can't afford it? Burn calories by following along with fitness DVDs, jumping rope, running up and down your stairs, or doing strength training routines in your home.
  • Drink water all day, not just before or after your run. Staying hydrated will help prevent some of the symptoms you may experience from exercising in heat such as dizziness, stomach cramps, and headaches. During your run, sip four to eight ounces of water every 15-20 minutes.

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