I love the summer sunshine, but I hate working out in it. The sun beating down on me throughout it all makes me feel like I’m roasting – not fun. However, there is hope! Keep up your outdoor workout routine in the heat of the summer months by following these guidelines.

1. Swap your workout gear

If you want to breath, you need to be dressed in breathable fabric. Invest in wicking clothes- they pull moisture away from your skin, and leave you feeling cooler.  And of course, don’t forget a hat!

2. Drink water, ALL day

Drinking about 2 liters a day is good for you regardless, but it is especially important in the summer months to combat dehydration and fatigue. In addition, make sure to sip that H20 during your workout; aim for four to eight ounces every 15-20 minutes.

3. Split up workouts

If you have a more flexible schedule, split up your workout. This way you can get the same amount of cardio in, without tiring yourself out all at once.

4. Find some shade!

This may sound like common sense, but do all you can to avoid the sun! If you can jog or bike in a shaded area, go out of your way to get there – you will get more of your workout with cooler temperatures and a breeze.

5. Take a cold shower – before

No, the shower beforehand is not meant to freshen you up for potentially cute pedestrians you may jog past. (although it would help!) It will cool you down before you even start, which reduces the chance of body overheating. Also, exercising with wet hair will leave cold water dripping down your face and neck, which is a great bonus.

-Shalyn Tharayil

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