We’re experiencing a heat wave, folks! While I just want to hide out and sleep all day, that’s not really an option. None of the ideas below are revolutionary, but sometimes it’s nice to have them laid out for you.
Working Out in the Summer
Don’t: stay inside in the air conditioning, lying on your bed, unmoving.
As I mentioned, I headed out for a run on Saturday afternoon because the temperature was not going to drop even as the sun went down and I wanted to fit it in. Since it was Saturday, I was well-equipped time wise to prepare for my run, but I’m not sure it was the best idea I’ve ever had.
Friday, I was smarter because I stuck to strength training in my much cooler basement and was not in the direct sun, or any sun at all.
Here’s what I do when the sun is not my friend:
- Drink water
- Eat a satisfying breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack
- Lather on the sun-block
- Wear a hat or stick to the shade
- Take it slow
- Go in the morning
- Workout inside
Some of these ideas speak for themselves. When exercising, or just existing, you need to drink a lot of water- more than that!- and eat nutritious and satisfying food.
Sun-block is something that I am working on in particular this year. I don’t tan so much as freckle and at this point, they’re merging into one giant one! I will burn though, this fragile Irish skin…And yes I did apply this sunblock at 9:00pm all in the name for the pic.
Now that I dye my hair, wearing a hat out in the sun is essential. One would think it would be good to have my blonde locks soaking up the sun, but too much exposure actually hurts my hair and ruins the dye. Also, when I was running, I was fortunate to have a lot of shady spots, but I really felt the heat once I was in the direct sun.
Not every workout has to be bone-crushing. Hot days are the times to take it easy and go slow and steady. Focus more on mileage than speed, aim for endurance versus power or strength, rest more in-between sets.
If you have access to a gym, this is the time to workout inside, even though summertime screams outdoor workouts! I love running outside (as much as one can love running), but HATE the treadmill. Not a shocking revelation, I know, but I’ll even run outside in the winter so long as there’s not too much ice and snow.
Or you can just be like Lily and go for the naked baby look. I only recommend that if you’re a baby.