Keep your cool! What you need to stay cool during summer workouts
Summer heat threatening your workout routine? Don’t sweat it! Smart designs in athletic wear along with some fitness accessories will help you stay cool throughout your warm-weather workouts.
Here are some great ways to keep your cool this summer while sticking to your workout regimen!
Take a swim, get trim
Switch up your cardio routine and go swimming instead of jogging. A 155-pound person can burn about 705 calories while swimming freestyle at a fast pace for one hour. Remember, though, just because you’re in the water doesn’t mean you’re safe from the sun’s rays. Channel your inner Baywatch babe in this red, one-piece swimsuit. It’s perfect for swimming laps outdoors because the fabric is rated UPF 50+. (Don’t forget the sunblock, too!) Twister One Piece, $89 plus limited time 2% ShopAtHome CashBack, athleta.com
Go ahead and take a break from the treadmill and the indoor weight circuits and take your workout outdoors. Round up some friends for a game of pick-up basketball, volleyball or kickball — fun games that double as workouts. Fifteen minutes before you head out in the sunshine, lather up in a water and sweat-proof sunblock. We’re loving this sport sunscreen because not only does it provide UVA/UVB protection, it’s packed with a cooling menthol to help keep you cool. Ocean Potion Suncare Protect & Nourish with vitamin D3 Sport Cooling SPF 30, $7.99 plus limited time 5% ShopAtHome.com Cash Back, drugstore.com
Moisture-wicking workout clothes are a must-have to keep you cool during your workouts. These cap-sleeve T-shirts with Nike’s Dri-FIT moisture-wicking fabric dry quickly while keeping you cool and comfy. We also like the longer back hem to provide a touch more coverage so your shirt doesn’t sneak up mid-Burpee. Nike ‘Cool Breeze’ DRI Fit short sleeve T-shirt, $40 plus limited time 7% ShopAtHome.com Cash Back, nordstrom.com
Take your run at dusk or dawn
Some days, you just need to beat the heat, because running in 90 degrees can be flat-out dangerous. Go for a run at dusk or dawn when the sun isn’t beating down on you. Stay safe by keeping yourself visible and going with a running buddy. You can attach these flashing, yellow LED reflectors to your hat, shirt sleeve, backpack or waistband when you’re out for an evening run or even bike ride. Amphipod Vizlet Flashing LED reflectors, $20 plus limited time 4% ShopAtHome Cash Back, rei.com
Don’t forget Fido!
During the, ahem, dog days of summer, make sure you’re keeping your pup cool, too! If you’re taking your dog hiking or even walking on a warm day, keep him cool with a cooling vest. Soak the vest with water, wring it out, strap it on your dog and, as the water evaporates, heat dissipates. A wicking mesh layer releases heat and a middle layer absorbs and stores cooling water. It’s light-colored to reflect sunlight. Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Cooling Dog Vest, $59.95 plus limited time 4% ShopAtHome.com Cash Back, rei.com