Staying motivated to keep a fitness routine during the summer months can prove difficult. The heat, the vacations, the rooftop drinks can easily add up to less time spent on fitness. But, what’s even more difficult is trying to start over when the Fall hits. Here’s a few tips for switching up your summer workouts that will help keep you in the groove and even add some more movement into your day.
Get it Done in the Morning:
Whether your workout is indoors or outdoors get it done on the earlier hours of the morning. The sun comes up earlier in the summer and those and it tends to be cooler if your workout is outdoors. Morning is also great because fitting in your workout isn’t looming over you all day. Let’s face it if someone hit’s me up for drinks after work I am more likely cancel my fitness plans and say yes than not.
Find ways to add some extra movement into your daily routine. On less humid or hot days, maybe walk to a further subway station, or take a city bike to work. If you feel like it’s to hot for you to handle a long workout in the heat, split up your workout into several shorter sessions. If you can only manage 10 or 15 minutes, don’t push yourself too hard. Break up your workout into two or three sessions.
Make It A Date With A Friend or Your Partner
Pick a day or 2 out of the week and make it a standing date. Meet for coffee and a stroll through the neighborhood in the morning or take a long walk through the park in the evening when the temps are cooler. We are less inclined to cancel plans made with others than we are to cancel on ourselves.
Take It Down A Notch
If you feel you need to exercise for longer periods of time just dial it back a bit and try a slower paced workout. Reduce the intensity of your workout so that it is commensurate with the heat.
Dress For the Weather
If your workout is outdoors, wear brighter colors or white so that that you are not absorbing the heat. Also try wearing more loose fitting clothing to allow for air flow, or sweat wicking fabrics that will help to keep you dry and cool.
Water, water water! Just like you would water your garden more often during the summer months, don’t forget to water yourself. Drink water during your workout, after your workout, and all throughout your day. Drinking several ounces of water throughout your day will help you avoid dehydration, muscle cramps, and bloating.
When it’s crazy hot, head the gym or racquetball court. Maybe try some online yoga classes or workout videos. Grab a jump rope or do some strength training. If it is too hot, don’t risk your health,take a rest day. It’s always good to take a day or too off during the week, Whatever you do be sure to turn up your AC before you turn up the heat.
Take some time to figure out what makes you feel good while working out when the temperatures rise. Trust me you will be so happy you kept things moving during the 3 months of summer and you’ll be that much further ahead in your fitness goals come fall.