Sunday, July 13, 2014
Exercising in the Summer is really hard for me. I don't like the heat. It drains me, and definitely interferes with my performance, not to mention my motivation to even get moving.
There's a pool at my apartment building, but it is small and generally occupied by squealing kids during the hours I might use it. So I mostly use the pool for a quick dip to cool off, or an activity my daughter and I can share in the heat. It's not really an option for a workout.
I don't belong to a gym. I don't want to spend the money, when most of the year I am able to work out well without one.
Those are my obstacles. Of course, I won't let them defeat me.
Here's what I'm trying this Summer, subject to further modifications, as we go along:
1. Early morning yoga. I get up a little early and dive into my yoga practice before getting ready for work. I'm enjoying this more than I thought I would, though I'm still not sold on morning activity.
2. A short evening work out. The rest of the year, I like to do an hour or more in the evening. However, waiting until it cools off enough to do a full hour work out was running havoc on my sleep this year. Somehow a short workout doesn't bother me as much, as long as the worst of the day's heat has passed. So, I'm doing only about half an hour in the evening: ten minutes of ST and 25 minutes or so of cardio.
All together, I'm getting an hour in, but somehow, I think my performance is better by splitting up the activities, and I'm getting more benefit from my yoga and my evening workouts.
The key for me is to keep working on this, because if I just stop exercising, I know myself -- my whole regimen will go kerflooey.
How does the warm weather affect your usual work out routines, if at all?