Are you staying healthy in the heat?

Running in 85º weather with humidity is not easy – especially when you are trying to focus on breathing normally in the muggy temperatures and not on your exercise. That’s why I’ve been following these tips on working out in the summer, not just running, and how to get it done.

1. Drink lots of water. Dehydration is a popular heat-related illnesses in the summer heat but is easy to prevent. By drinking 4-8oz of water every 15 minutes and continuing to drink water after your workout, you can make sure that your body is well hydrated.

2. Be colorful! Save those black t-shirts for winter. Lighter colored clothing reflects sunlight keeping you cooler.

3. Sun Protection. Wear a sunscreen that is non-drip so it won’t get into your eyes while working out.

4. Work out with others. Grab a couple of friends and go for a walk outside during your break. Some of our Stonyfielders even go to a class during lunch at the local gym (another way to beat the heat!) and work out together.

5. Run early, play later. If you’re going to work out outside, get it done in the morning when it’s not as hot. The worst times to exert yourself in the heat are 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Plus, if you work out in the morning you can make plans for the night!

Do you work out in the summer? What types of summer exercises do you like to do?