It’s really, really hot in NYC. Actually, all over the US. I know Europe tends to stay a little cooler over Summer, but no matter where you are, if it’s Summer, you are probably dealing with some from of heat.
Heat can be hard on your body, especially if you like working out outside. The issue is hat you can get dehydrated pretty quickly, which can lead to headaches, tiredness, over heating and even fainting. I’ve come close to fainting last Summer, when I was working out in this heat fort he first time and I learned my lesson. So here are a couple tips on how to adapt your workout routine to the Summer heat:
1. Get up early
If I go on runs in this heat, I usually wake up super early (around 6am), get dressed and hit the pavement first thing in the morning. If it rained over night, the air can be cooler and early morning the sun is less strong so the heat is more bearable. You can also do other workouts outside in the park for example but really try to be done by 8am so you can benefit from the lower temperatures.
2. Hydrate before, while and after your work out
No matter if I workout outside or not on a certain day, in Summer I try to drink at least twice as much as in winter. Even if you just walk outside in the heat, you sweat a lot and lose a ton of water. Outdoor workouts will drain your water reserve even faster. I try to stay hydrated at all times by carrying around a water bottle and filling it up all day long.
3. Wear a heat and sunscreen
It’s essential to protect your body when you workout outside. A hat will help with over heating and sunscreen will protect your skin. Even if you don’t think it's that hot or sunny out, better safe than sorry. Did you know that every sunburn is registered by your skin and can lead to cancer later on in life? It's easy to prevent that from happening by just being prepared.
4. Move harder workouts from outdoors to indoors
If you are training for a race and need to get in a lot of miles or if you are into sprints and other high intensity workouts, it might be best to get a gym membership fort he summer. In most cities, there are cheaper gyms (starting at $20/month) that just have the basics like elliptical, treadmills and stairmasters that will help you to stay on track with your workouts. You can also get a mat and some weights and do your workouts at home (there are plenty of great free videos on YouTube!)
5. Go swimming
I’m not the biggest swimmer but Jenné is super into it and to be honest, it’s one oft he best workouts because it’s light on your joins, low impact and will still help you to work on your endurance. Sign up at your local pool and take a couple lessons to brush up your skills and soon you will feel like a fish in the water, while doing something great for your health!
A quick stroll through the farmer's market, and my shopping bags are loaded with edible air conditioner. Mother Nature has given us cooling and hydrating foods for the summer, rich and starchy foods in winter, and just the right ingredients for in between. When you eat with the seasons you're less likely to rely on processed food, thus improving your overall health. Even more, seasonal eating is more economical. We all know how expensive peaches are in the winter.
The best way to eat with the seasons is to shop at your local farmer's market, find a seasonal produce guide online, and buy the most prominently displayed and abundant fruits & veggies at the grocery store.
Since we're in the middle of summer, let's explore some of the light and cooling produce that you should be eating right now!
Jenné & Isabelle
We're both passionate vegan foodies with backgrounds in nutrition. We decided to bridge our skills to create Buddhalicious; a program that guides members to find balance, excitement, and flavor on their plates, and in their lives.