Although summer is often the season that we feel the most motivated to work out during, it is also one of the most miserable seasons to work out during. There’s nothing quite like walking outside after a hot and sweaty workout, to just become more hot sweaty because of the triple-digit weather and the hot sun beating down on you. So, how do you stay motivated to keep working out and working on that summer bod?
Skip the run, use the treadmill instead
If you want to run outside, feel free, but you’re much less likely to get heatstroke if you get your run in inside. Find a local gym, or invest in a treadmill to help you get your daily runs in, without the beating heat of the sun slowly sucking your will to live. You shouldn’t let the heat of the summer months affect your workouts, you can still find ways to get the exercise in, in your preferred forms.
Workout in the mornings
One of the best ways to avoid death via overheating during your workouts this summer is to work out in the mornings, if possible. It can still get pretty hot pretty early on in the days, so the earlier you are able to get your workout in, the better. This gives you time to cool off after your workout without having to stand in your freezer or in front of the A/C vent in your car.
Avoid high-intensity workouts
The higher the intensity of your workout, the sweatier you will get, and the hotter your body temperature will be. The best way to get a good workout in but avoid overheating is to avoid cardio, or at least very much cardio. You can still get an intense workout in without having a high-intensity workout. Low impact exercises and weight lifting will allow you to workout without sweating too much.
Get a friend to workout with you
Sometimes, it’s less about the weather conditions you’re working out in, and it’s more about who you’re working out with. Finding a friend to workout with will help motivate you to get your workout in, even when it’s hot and you don’t want to. Bonus points if you set up a consistent workout schedule so that it’s harder for you to flake out of your workout plans.
Because it is so much hotter outside, you have to make sure that you don’t get dehydrated. Bringing your water bottle with you to the gym will remind you to drink. Make sure you take lots of breaks to breathe and get a drink of water. When you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already a little dehydrated, so make sure that you drink frequently to avoid feeling nauseous. In addition to just water, you’ll want to replenish your electrolytes and salt intake. Sports drinks are a great way to do this, or you can get water add-ins that are specifically designed to hydrate you faster(such as Liquid IV or Drip Drop).
Stretching is an important part of working out, no matter the season, but summer is definitely not the time to neglect your stretching. If you feel yourself overheating or getting a bit exhausted, take that as an opportunity to stop(yes, mid-workout) and stretch. Stretching while your muscles are super warm(aka, right in the middle of your summer workout) is actually the best way to improve flexibility and prevent muscle fatigue and soreness. After your workout, make sure you take an amino acid to help repair the muscles.