Hot, humid days don’t have to put a damper on your usual running routine. With a few simple changes to your ordinary routine, you can safely enjoy your runs all summer long. We have a few suggestions for running during hot summer weather:
Time it just right.
Instead of going for an afternoon run, try and squeeze in a run in the morning or evening. The sun’s rays are most intense in the afternoon, so temperatures are usually at their hottest during this time. By running earlier or later in the day, you’ll avoid higher temperatures and have a much more pleasant run.
If you find yourself moving a little slower than is normal for you, don’t worry. Everyone has a different heat tolerance. Hot, humid weather can slow down your usual pace, and it might take awhile for you to get back up to speed. Keep pushing, but also make sure you’re not pushing yourself too hard. If you start to feel a little overheated, take a break to cool off.
Dress for success.
Wear breathable fabrics that are also moisture-wicking. Certain fabrics can trap heat and moisture against your body. The last thing you want on a hot day is to feel even hotter! You should also take note of where the seams are on your garments, as seams can cause chafing as you move. Wear sunglasses or a visor (or both) to protect your eyes from the sun’s rays and keep your face cool.
Warm temperatures mean you’ll sweat even more during your workout, so it’s especially important that you stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before you head out, and bring water with you if at all possible. If you aren’t able to bring a bottle of water with you, run in a location where you will have access to drinking fountains.
After your run, make cooling down your top priority. Find a post-run ritual that will help lower your body temperature back down. If you have access to a swimming pool, a relaxing dip makes for a perfect cool-down. Otherwise, a cool shower or bath can provide a comfortable way to wind down.
As with any physical activity, the main thing to remember is always to listen to your body. If you start to feel too hot, take a break to cool off. It’s better to cut your run a little bit shorter than to push yourself too hard. It's important always to keep safety in mind as you work for your goals. If you’re looking for ways to safely support your healthy weight loss goals, consider adding Meratrim® to your routine. A combination of Sphaeranthus indicus and Garcinia mangostana, Meratrim® has been shown in clinical studies to be safe and effective for weight management. Research data has shown that Meratrim® may help people reach their weight-management goals in as little as two weeks.