Written by: Annie McCabe
Tucson is known for its crazy hot summers! This is my first summer staying in Tucson; and although I am worried about the heat, I do not plan on letting it stop me. Heat or no heat I vow to #DoMore! Instead of using the heat as an excuse to skip another workout, I plan to use these tips to keep up with my fitness goals. I hope you will do the same and #DoMore this summer.
Hydrate throughout the day. Drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout. Do not wait until you are thirsty, by then you are already dehydrated. Strive to drink 7 to 10 ounces of fluid every 20 minutes of exercise. If working out outside be sure to plan a route that allows access to water or carry water with you. Be aware of signs of dehydration. These include headaches, muscle cramps, lightheadedness, fatigue, confusion, and elevated body temperature.
Dress to Impress
Invest in light-colored and breathable material instead of your cotton tee shirts. These synthetic micro-fiber materials will allow sweat to evaporate, cooling your body more efficiently.
Time Your Workouts
Set your alarm for early morning before the sun comes up to avoid the summer heat or plan a workout at sunset.
Hit The Pool
Try adding a pool workout into your workout schedule. This is a great way to accomplish aerobic exercise while keeping you cool. A bonus is reduced stress and pressure on your joints vs. other workout regiments. By adding pool workouts to your routine, not only will you stay cool and get a great workout, but you will also get some vitamin D! (But don’t forget the sunscreen)
Try a Fun Fitness Class
Taking a group fitness class is a fun way to stay in shape, beat the hit, and stay motivated! Check out your local gym’s fitness schedule and sign up for a Zumba, spin, yoga, or a strength training class. Enjoy a great workout while staying cool in the air conditioned gym.
Listen to Your Body
Do what is best for your body. Listen to what it is telling you and do not push yourself too hard. If you start feeling faint, dizzy, or dehydrated make sure to stop exercising and take necessary action.
Don’t let the summer heat stop you from chasing your goals. Tell us how you #DOMORE during the summer heat, in the comments below!