Staying Fit in the Hot Summer Months


As the temperature rises, the thought of exercise can give some the chills. When you’re already sweating, it doesn’t seem logical to get out there and make yourself sweat even more. Many people tend to fall off their fitness wagon in the summertime, making it that much more difficult to jump back into a routine when the fall rolls around. Here are some tips to help you keep up the good work when the days start reaching triple digits.

Exercise early in the morning

It’s no secret that the hottest temperatures occur in the middle of the day, when the sun is at or close to its highest point. By getting an early start with your daily workout, you will be exercising during the coolest time of the day. As an added bonus, you will start your day feeling energized and have the satisfaction of getting your workout out of the way so you can focus on the rest of your busy day. If you’re walking or running outdoors before sunrise, be sure to wear something reflective for your safety!

Join a gym

A lot of gyms and fitness centers offer month-to-month memberships, so you’re not locked in for a whole year. If you normally exercise outdoors, you may consider joining a gym just for the summer months so you can beat the heat. Just be sure to read your contract carefully before signing up so you’re not surprised by any small print later on.

Indoor activities

Besides relying on the treadmill or stationary bike at a gym, there are other great indoor activities that provide a fantastic workout. Some of these activities can be a lot of fun to boot! Try indoor rock climbing or check out your local indoor skating rink for a fun, and even family-friendly workout.

Try aqua fitness

The swimming pool has become synonymous with summer fun. Aside from the obvious lap-swimming, there are some great exercises you can do in the water. A lot of facilities with pools offer aqua fitness classes. Working out in the pool is also a great option for those who have knee and joint issues as the weightlessness experienced in the water takes away some of the stress on joints.

Stay hydrated

No matter which exercise you choose to do, it is always important to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. In the summer months, your risk of dehydration increases, especially during a workout. Get yourself a water bottle that you can take with you wherever you go!

The heat and humidity can make for a lot of emergencies in the summertime. It’s important to seek medical attention immediately if you exhibit symptoms of dehydration, heat stroke or severe sunburn. Neighbors has 24 hour emergency care facilities in Houston and Austin, staffed with board certified emergency physicians. Get the emergency care you need, when you need it. Our emergency rooms have little to no wait time and focus on giving patients the best ER experience possible. Visit to find your nearest Neighbors location!

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