The longer days of summer time makes it easier to get your workout in before it gets dark. However, depending on where you live even in the early morning or late evening it might still be too hot outside to work out. Working out in the summer heat can cause serious problems especially if you factor in the heat index and humidity in some areas. If you are working out in the summer heat, it is very important that you drink plenty of fluids such as water and sports drinks to help keep you hydrated and maintain your body’s electrolytes.
Dehydration can cause you to feel light-headed and nauseated. However, extreme cases of dehydration can cause kidney failure or even death if you aren’t careful. If you plan on working out during the summer time, you need to use extreme caution. If working out is difficult due to extreme heat and humidity, try these 12 alternative exercises that you can do to beat the summer heat.
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Swimming is a great full body exercise that is great for beating the summer time heat. Jump into the pool and swim a few laps. It is low-impact so even people who suffer from joint problems, fibromyalgia, and other health issues can participate.
Running in the Swimming Pool
This is a fairly new concept and it is great for people who suffer from mobility issues or if you are injured. Doing water exercises is not only a great way to exercise but it will also strengthen your muscles too. Water running is a preferably a deep water exercise. You will need a pool running belt which helps provide buoyancy. Then you take quick, short strides similar to running on land. The water provides resistance so it may feel as if you are running slower especially if your are used to running on land.
If you can’t run in the water, you can walk in the water. Walking doesn’t require deep water.
Water aerobics is a variation of regular aerobics; however, it is performed in waist deep water or in the deep end of the swimming pool. Try contacting your local swimming pools in your area to determine if they offer water aerobics classes. Most of the classes generally last about an hour and some places even let you swim afterwards. This is also a great exercise if you are elderly, have mobility issues, or have problems with your joints. There are a variety of classes but they are all focused on building endurance. Plus the water helps you build muscles.
Canoeing or Kayaking
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Head to the river for a great upper body workout. Don’t have a canoe or kayak, try renting one. There are places that will rent you a canoe or kayak to use, you may have to call around to find a place in your area. Have fun and enjoy learning a new sport while being on the water.
Walk Along the Beach
Do you live near the beach? If so, the beach is a great way to exercise while enjoying the breeze from the ocean. Plus, you can even cool off in the water if you get hot. Walking or jogging on the sand has added benefits too.
Learn to Ski on the Water
Do you own a boat? Head to the lake and learn how to ski on the water. Not only will you have fun learning something new while you are cooling off in the water between sessions. You can also try tubing as well.
Head to the Water Park
Take a day trip to a water park. At the water park, you won’t even realize that your exercising as you climb the stairs to get to the water slides. Plus, you will have to walk around the park too!
Depending on where you live, you might be able to head to the mountains so that you can go hiking. Don’t live near the mountains, try finding a nice walking trail in your area that is shaded. Don’t forget to carry plenty of water and snacks with you on your hike.
Head to the Mall
The mall is a great place to go walking. It is free and it is air conditioned. Put your headphones in and enjoy a few laps around the mall. Most of the malls open early so that people can enjoy walking the mall without the crowds too!
Hit the Gym
The gym is a great place to workout when it is hot outside. Most gyms offer plenty of classes, weights, and other equipment for you to use.
Workout at Home
Try working out at home. There are plenty of exercises that you can do indoors without spending a ton of money on fancy equipment. Try one of the following: aerobics, playing the Wii Fit or Xbox Kinect, yoga, treadmill, exercise bike, or exercise challenges.
Play in the Water
If you have children, you can set up the sprinkler. Enjoy running through the sprinkler with your kids. Plus, you can even have a competition to see who can jump the highest or come up with several other fun games that you can use with the water.
Working out in the summer time can get difficult. Try these 12 alternative exercises that you can do to beat the summer heat. I hope that this list helps you find exercises that you can do to stay cool this summer. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
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