5 Fitness Tips During the Heat
This summer’s heat wave arrived with full force, so if you’ve felt a little unmotivated to work out, we totally get it! It’s easy to avoid a workout because of the hot weather, and tell yourself you’ll do it later. But the longer you put off a workout, the harder it is to get back into your fitness routine. Being fortunate enough to live near scenic Boulder views, it would be almost unfair to not be able to take advantage of outdoor summer workouts, so here are some tips help you achieve your fitness goals:
Set Your Workout Time
Although the weather is in the high 80s these days, there are still times of the day that are a lot cooler. Both sunrise and sunset in Boulder are generally much cooler than the rest of the day, with temperatures perfect for a run or even outdoor yoga. Getting in a workout before sunrise is a good excuse to start your day early and with high energy. A quick 15 – 20 minute workout/run for cardio will get your blood flowing faster and help you remain focused throughout the day. Sunset hours are also a great way to end the day while relaxing after your workout. You may be able to workout for longer during the evening as the weather is much cooler.
Adjust Your Workout Clothes for the Heat
The thick workout tops/leggings you normally exercise in may not be the best choice of clothes for working out during the summer. During heat waves like these, wearing workout clothes that are more heat resistant and lightweight will increase your fitness productivity. Opting for a good pair of breathable and water resistant shorts instead of leggings will make your summer workouts more bearable and also ensure that your sweat doesn’t stick to you. It’s also a good idea to avoid dark colors (black/navy) during your workouts so that they don’t absorb the heat. Keep your clothes and colors light!
It’s no secret that staying hydrated during warm weather is a good idea. But when it comes to working out, your body will need a little more H2O love, as you will be sweating more and using more energy. Remember not to drink too much water at once, though, as that can cause bloating or cramping. The best way to stay hydrated is drinking small amounts throughout the day so that your body is able to process it productively. So if you want to be surrounded by Boulder’s beautiful mountain views, keep your Hydroflask on hand!
Workout Alternatives for the Heat
If exercising in the great Boulder outdoors isn’t for you, you can still stay fit during warm days from the comfort of your condo. Exercising from home can be beneficial because you can choose any time of the day to workout. If you have a treadmill at home, you can either brisk walk or run to get the workout started. Another idea for cardio is jump roping or doing jumping jacks. Getting your heart pumping is an instant way to get your blood flowing faster, and energize yourself without caffeine!
Ease Your Exercise
Believe it or not, but you don’t have to have an hour long, intense, sweat-dripping workout to stay fit. There are many ways to stay healthy, and especially in the heat,, it’s okay to dial down your workout routine. That doesn’t necessarily mean to work out less than usual; it means you can workout for shorter periods of time but more often throughout the day. If you can’t stay out in the heat for too long, try working out for 10-15 minutes and complete the rest of your workout at home. Keeping workouts short but regular will ensure you don’t burn yourself out.
Exercising is hard work through which all the rewards go directly back to you, so it’s important to not give up on it. Not knowing how to adjust your fitness goals when it comes to extreme heat is totally understandable. We encourage you to try some of our tips to see what helps you stay motivated, and we promise you’ll thank yourself for it!