We all look forward to having a fun summer, but sometimes it feels like the summer heat can get in the way of our fitness goals. Here are a few simple ideas on how to adjust your workouts for the summer.
- Be flexible
When it comes to exercising, an established routine is often the key to success. Some people prefer to run at night and some people are morning runners. In the summer, learn to check the weather forecast and plan your runs and outdoor exercises when it will be the coolest. This may mean that some days you exercise in the morning and others you will exercise at night.
- Change location
Finding cooler places to run in the summer can help protect you from heat exhaustion. If you live near a beach, try running along the shore; the breeze coming off from the ocean will help keep you cooler. If you live near the mountains, hit the trails; the shade from the trees will help protect you from the sun.
- Shower before you exercise
Showering before a run might sound ridiculous, but a cold shower can help keep you going when you are trying to reach your next goal. Try taking a cold shower and not drying your hair. If you have long hair, put your cold wet hair up in a bun and it will keep you cool throughout your run. If you have short hair, keep your hair down and pour extra water on your head throughout the run.
- Go indoors
If none of these tips work for you, consider investing in a gym membership or try a workout video in your own home. There are a variety of ways to stay active and you may find something new that you love!
Most importantly this summer, stay hydrated. Our bodies are amazing, but we need to take care of them. Drink a lot of water, try new juices, and occasionally treat yourself to a delicious frozen treat.
Mango Ice Pops
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 tbsp. honey optional
- 2 tsp. fresh ginger peeled (1/2"x1/2" piece, optional)
- 2 cups mango chunks fresh or thawed
- Add ingredients to FourSide or WildSide+ jar in order listed and secure lid.
- Blend on "Smoothie" cycle (or blend on a Low speed for 10 seconds, then a Medium to Medium-Low speed for 10 seconds, then Medium to Medium-High speed for 40 seconds).
- Portion into ice pop mold and freeze until solid, about 4-6 hours.