I don’t know about you, but when summer comes my running suffers. Living in Wilmington and dealing with the heat and humidity is not fun. I end up having no motivation to run, especially if I’m running alone. Here are some easy ways that I have found to beat the summer heat and stay motivated!
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
On an average day the humidity in Wilmington is 80% and with the temps being in the high 80s-90s, it is crucial to hydrate. Hydrate before a run. Hydrate during your run. Hydrate after your run. If I’m planning an evening run, then I hydrate all day. I’m sure my coworkers think I’m crazy for having to use the bathroom 5-6 times a day, but it definitely helps. Also, try getting a hand held water bottle that you can take on your runs. Below is a picture of what one looks like. If you’re thinking about getting one, I would suggest getting a Nathan.
Change Up Your Workout
As I said before the heat and humidity definitely deter me from my workouts. During the summer I try to go to the gym twice a week and run outside twice a week. At the gym I usually run on the treadmill and do a body pump class. If you have ever gone from running on a treadmill for weeks to running outside, then you probably noticed how sore your legs were from running outside. Running outside and running on a treadmill works different muscles, which is why I try do treadmill runs and outdoor runs in the summer. Many gyms offer group exercise classes which are my favorite, if you haven’t tried any you should because you will quickly become addicted.
Wear Cool Clothing
It is important to wear moisture wicking clothes. Cotton is great and breathes, but if you’re drenched in sweat, then your shirt will feel as if it is 15 pounds.Some of my favorite stores to get workout clothes at are Fleet Feet, Target, Old Navy, Marshall, and TJ Maxx.
I always run with a hat or visor to keep the blazing sun off my head and out of my eyes. More recently I have started to wear sunglasses when I run. Not only do my eyes get tired from squinting, but the sun is very dangerous to your eyes. Working at an eye doctor gives me and insight on the dangers of not wearing sunglasses such as the progression of cataracts, pingueculae, pterygia, and macular degeneration.
Grab a Partner
A partner is a great way to keep you accountable for your workouts, no matter what season it is. I use my running group as my partner. With all the friends that have made in the group, I can easily post a facebook message in the mornings on the group page and find a workout buddy before the end of the day. It’s also great to find a gym buddy. I am more likely to go for a run with all my friends than go to the gym by myself. There is something intimidating about going to the gym that is 75% guys and using the machines around them… I’m trying to build my confidence up. Because of this intimidation I have grown to love group exercise classes, even if I don’t know anyone in the class, I find it more enjoyable than working out alone.
Don’t let the summer heat keep you from being healthy!!