Once summer comes back around and each day seems hotter than the last, it can be difficult to find the motivation to work out outside. If you want to maintain your pre-summer running regimen without risking a heat stroke, there are a few things that you can do to stay cool and comfortable. Here are three tips to help you beat the heat.
- Choose the right time of day. Though every summer day is hot, certain times of day are much hotter than others—and potentially hazardous to your health. Opt to work out in the early mornings or after the sun goes down to steer clear of those harmful UV rays.
- Wear loose clothing. Loose, breathable fabrics can make all the difference when it comes to staying cool during a workout. Choose natural fabrics or running clothes specifically designed to wick away moisture.
- Stay hydrated. Sure, you may chug a bottle of water after your daily run, but that’s not enough on a very hot day. Drink a glass of water before embarking on your workout, and be sure to carry a bottle with you as you go. Take a drink every 15 minutes throughout your workout, even if you’re not thirsty, to prevent against dehydration.
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