Five Ways to Beat the Heat

For those of us in Texas, it’s been hot for a while.  But we’ve now come to the time of the year when the weather forecast is totally predictable for the next three months: highs  in the high 90s/low 100s, lows in the low 80s/high 70s (if we’re lucky!), a 10% chance of rain on one day in the 10-day forecast (but it’s always only a meterological mirage), and humid mornings. 

And that doesn’t even begin to take the pesky mosquitos into consideration!

Here are five  ideas for keeping up exercise through the summer:

  • Exercise early.  Get out before 7am.  While the humidity is higher than it will be at 7pm, the overall conditions are much better for exercise.  If you aren’t motivated to get out for a walk or a run on your own that early, maybe a group exercise class is what you need.  Come join me!
  • Exercise indoors.  No gym membership?  No problem!  There’s plenty you can do at home with very little equipment.  Push Ups at the kitchen counter….tricep dips using the coffee table…lunges down the hall…jumping jacks in the living room.  Exercise doesn’t need to be fancy to be effective.
  • Videos.  Have some old fitness DVDs lying around?  Summer is a great time to reacquaint yourself with those workouts.  Or you can try ExerciseTV for a huge selection of workouts– all styles, intensities, lengths, and difficulty levels can be found.
  • Break up your workout.  Walk for 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the evening, and do a quick SparkPeople  video at lunch or while dinner is cooking.
  • Swim.  A pool is inviting and refreshing in the summer sun.  If you’re not a confident enough swimmer to swim laps, use a kickboard or pull buoy.  Lap swimming too boring?  Hop into the pool with a friend, and you both can tread water for a great workout with plenty of opportunity for chatting.

Regardless of what type of exercise suits you best, remember to hydrate!

Good health and great happiness to you.

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