Beat the Heat During Your Summer Workouts


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6/14/2013 6:00 AM   :  21 comments   :  31,425 Views

Summer is almost here, which means the temperature will continue to rise. Some of you may have already experienced some early summer-type heat and are already starting to get acclimated to it. As we change over to summer weather, we need to remember to take precautions when exercising in the heat.

Our bodies do a great job at cooling off in general, but it does take time for them to get acclimated to the heat as the season changes. Depending on your age, current health condition and your activity level, your body can take 2 or more weeks to acclimate to the heat. This is something to keep in mind, especially if you are feeling like your workouts are getting harder during this time of year and/or you have humidity to deal with on top of the heat.

Below are some resources with tips on exercising in the heat, along with some information on what danger signs/symptoms to look for if you have heat stroke, heat exhaustion or other heat-related illnesses. Remember to think "safety first" when it comes to working out this summer!

Tips for Exercising in Heat

13 Ways to Cool Down Your Summer Workout

The Heat is On: Taking Precautions When Exercising Outdoors

Tips for Staying Cool and Healthy During Extreme Heat

Don't forget to also keep your pets safe and cool this summer too!

Have you already started to acclimate to the increased temperatures? Do you have any tips to offer for others that may be exercising outdoors in the heat?

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  • 21
    I don't like the heat one bit so I try to walk outside while it's cool. Once it hits mid-70s, I'm indoors. - 6/19/2013   2:20:39 PM
    Just got my walk in. Beat the sun. I like to walk so did it early. - 6/17/2013   11:41:26 AM
  • 19
    I'm in Virginia, and I exercise outside in the morning before it gets really hot. I won't turn on the ac until I get really miserable, but I do try to stay indoors during the hottest part of the day. - 6/16/2013   9:01:50 AM
  • 18
    Acclimating has always worked really well for me. When the first 80 degree day rolls around, I feel awful but by easing in to warmer temperatures, I can tolerate more and more degrees. Just the same, because I am elderly I avoid outdoor workouts on stifling days and go to my air conditioned gym instead. Never fails to amaze me how the body can adapt. - 6/16/2013   8:40:52 AM
    I exercise at home in the house. I do walk outside but other exercise is done inside. - 6/15/2013   11:07:03 PM
  • 16
    I exercise indoors. Can't take the heat and I live in the Deep South. - 6/15/2013   3:41:45 PM
  • 15
    I try my best to get my exercise done early or in the evening when the day cools down. - 6/15/2013   11:49:36 AM
  • 14
    I'm in north Texas. Hot and humid so far. I try to be out by 6:30AM. I'm thinking about joining a gym that has a pool. - 6/15/2013   11:30:09 AM
    I get out early and if I don't I go to the gym. - 6/15/2013   11:14:05 AM
  • 12
    I'm from Florida, so I'm actually cold almost all the time now that I don't live there anymore. Temps over 90 feel best to me, I just exercise after sundown instead of during the day, but even if I go for a walk during the day I'm fine as long as it's not over 110. Sunscreen and shade are my friends! - 6/15/2013   6:11:32 AM
    Thanks Its really hot some days but lately raining have to walk in place for 20 min. - 6/14/2013   10:47:44 AM
  • 10
    Thanks for the useful tips! - 7/15/2012   11:54:54 AM
  • 9
    I don't think it was ever actually cold this year in Florida. I know we had our first good beach days in January so my body is used to the heat. - 6/20/2012   9:28:12 PM
  • 8
    I am in Arizona and we will hit 111 here today. The low temps (2AM) are in the upper 70's and lower 80's, so if you want to exercise outside (other than in the pool) you have to get up VERY early! - 6/17/2012   1:24:46 PM
  • 7
    Walk on the shady side of the street. - 6/16/2012   5:51:53 PM
  • 6
    I live in Florida, so I get up and out EARLY in the morning. - 6/16/2012   8:23:09 AM
  • 5
    Don't exercise in the heat of the day. Mornings or evenings are better - 6/15/2012   9:58:34 AM
  • 4
    I took a quick look at your blog in case I need this info while traveling... I don't know if I'm fortunate or not, but it NEVER gets that hot here. Thank you for sharing! - 6/15/2012   8:31:52 AM
  • 3
    Don't forget about your pets! Great advice! - 6/15/2012   7:53:00 AM
  • 2
    I'm in Florida, I stay acclimated to the heat lol, you know, since it's been summer since January and all. lol. Doesn't mean I enjoy it one bit lol. - 6/14/2012   9:07:18 AM
  • 1
    A chilly pad can help as well as feel refreshing.
    You can make your own energy (fluid and electrolyte replacement) drinks and save money.
    Why not add swimming back into your options? - 6/14/2012   8:02:03 AM

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