For those of us who live in the swamp also known as Washington, DC, hot and humid summer days are nothing out of the ordinary (it’s a special thing when “feels like 90” is a relief after days of “feels like 105!”). Even for veterans of the heat, it can be a convenient excuse to take a day — or two, or three — away from activity.
With seemingly unusual weather patterns hitting the United States this summer, it seems like a good time to share some hot weather exercise tips:
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Not just before you exercise, but during and after, and just in general. Water is your friend.
- Exercise early in the morning, or later in the evening (personally, I think the morning is WAY more comfortable and has the benefit of fewer people and cars out).
- Hit the gym and work out inside, in the glory of air conditioning.
- Cut back a little (run a shorter route, or bike slower, or take more breaks).
- Dress for the temperature in wicking materials (with built-in SPF, if you have them) and light colors.
- Think about location, and opt for a walk, run, or bike on a route with more trees and less sun. Save your track workout for a cooler day (or before sun-up, if it’s a safe area).
- Don’t forget your sunscreen (this won’t keep you cool, of course, but you should still do it!).
- Consider hitting the local pool for some laps. Built-in heat relief!
- Love the sweat. Embrace it as a sign of your hard work, rather than dreading it. Believe it or not, this helps. A lot.
If the heat wave is short, maybe you can take a day or two off, but don’t let the heat keep you on the couch for too long!