The month of August is often referred to as the “dog days of summer.” The temperatures are rising, the humidity is intense, and every time you walk outside you just about melt, BUT you still want to stay active.
Today we will be sharing with you some of our top recommendations on how you can stay cool and stay active during the dog days of summer.
General Precautions for Outdoor Workouts in Hotter Weather:Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is always important, but especially during the intense heat and humidity of August.
Less is more. We can appreciate a hard workout, but take it easy in warmer weather and build in rest breaks as needed.
Seek Shade. We love our Vitamin D, but save the sun for when you aren’t trying to catch your breath in between burpees. Head for the shade, and hit the sun rays post-workout instead!
Hot, hot, hot. Noon to 3pm is the hottest part of the day, so avoid outdoor workouts during those hours. Save your outdoor workouts for first thing in the morning or later in the evening. After dinner stroll anyone?
Keep it light. Wear light colored, breathable clothing (we love wicking fabrics that dry fast to keep you cool!). Darker colors attract and absorb the sun and its heat, so stick to light colors and loose layers.
Staying Active Outdoors:
When participating in outdoor activities during the hot summer months, always be sure to apply sunscreen before heading outdoors!
Swim. This one may seem obvious in the middle of summer, but swimming is a great way to stay cool and get in some physical activity.
Walk. Take a walk early in the morning or later in the evening. Grab Fido or a friend and hit the nearest trail for some light cardio.
Water Activities. If you live near a body of water (i.e. lake or ocean), see what water activities are offered like paddle boating, sailboating, or kayaking.
Yoga. Most cities and towns offer outdoor classes like yoga or pilates. Some gym studios even move their workouts outdoors during the summer months. Check your city’s park district website and see what they offer during summer. Don’t forget to see what your local gym or fitness studio has scheduled either!
Bike. Take a spin on your bike under a shaded path or during a cooler time of day.
Staying Active Indoors:
If it's too hot to get outdoors, then stay active inside - there are plenty of ways if you get creative!
Run errands. Grab your grocery list and your fitbit and head out for a day of errands. You will be getting your steps in, staying cool, and getting errands accomplished all at the same time. Look at you getting things done!
Stay Home. Stay home and work out! Use a fitness app for on demand workouts (the Nike Training app is our personal fave). Use your own body weight or basic equipment like free weights and resistance bands. Don’t have any gym equipment at home? Grab some laundry detergent and start lifting! (Just make sure the cap is nice and tight.)
Join a Gym. Most people start their gym memberships in January, but with only four short months away from the start of the holiday season, what better time to sign up for a membership package. It’s never too late to brush off those New Year’s resolutions!
Meditate. Your body needs physical activity, but your mind needs a workout too. Find a cool spot inside and give meditation a try.
Move. Whether you jump rope, have a dance party in the living room, or go up and down your basement stairs, there are plenty of ways to move while staying cool inside, you just have to get creative!
How do you like stay active during the dog days of summer? Leave a comment below or tag us on social media so we can see how you stay active during the month of August!