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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Well here in the sunny southwest summer is in full and brutal force. Ah, to be somewhere that summer as looked at as a reprieve, looked forward to. Oh well, no place is perfect and at least you dont have to shovel sunshine. But you do have to park strategically, not the closest spot to the entrance, pick the one with the most shade so you can actually hold the steering wheel with both hands when you get into your 120+ car. But enough about the weather (as my brit boss noted today, complaining about the weather is one thing americans and brits have in common, and also that he would be willing to accept an apology on behalf of my forefathers on this upcoming July 4th lol)
I mention the weather tho because it is a driving and unavoidable component to exercise this time of year. Just traveling to and from work going about ones daily duties leaves one exhausted by the end of the day. And dont get me started on trying to get out early in the morning before its hot, because unless you live here you know thats bull. Its always hot, just more bearable in the AM. But Im not a morning person
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    Haha! I can relate to that statement.....which is EXACTLY why I moved down here to the sunny SouthWest :D Thank goodness we dont have to shovel sunshine!! (former Alaskan here....LOL) I'm grateful that I'm a morning person. I've been getting up with the sunrise and getting out for a walk or a hike. It's still HOT, but not completely unbearable. If I didn't get out early I wouldn't do it at all and would just sit inside with the air conditioning blasting all day ;) Maybe you should join a gym? Beat the heat and exercise in an ice box...
    1695 days ago
    Truly understand what you are going through. I lived in Arkansas at one time and I was never physical while living there. You got a sweat just going from the house to the car. Hope there are ways you can cope - and somehow still be active. Take care of yourself!

    1696 days ago
    I hear you! I felt like trapped all weekend. I am sorry, but even getting up at 5:00am to exercise in 100 degree weather is not gonna happen for me. I just resign myself to either the dreadmill at the gym or exercise DVD's. This too shall pass!!!
    1696 days ago
  • KAT321123
    Where I am it's always hot this time of year, too. I've had to move my exercise to the gym instead of outside because even early it's 21387409328432 degrees out (haha).

    I know it's hard to find ways to exercise when it's unbearably hot and leads to heat-fatigue, but you can do it! Drinking lots and lots of water helps keep our body temperatures down and even if you're marching in place for a few minutes that's better than not doing anything at all. Just gotta get creative sometimes =)
    1696 days ago
    You remind me when I was in Texas on a scholarship many years ago and learned that there was no use parking in the shadow because the car would still be very hot... but as all the cars had AC I also learned just to hop in and endure because it would be okay after ten minutes... of course I would avoid the hot steering wheel!

    Anyway in Sweden I did not have the luxury of a working AC until this summe – it is amazing! And unlike the neighbours I keep my garage cean enough to be able to park the car inside because then it won´t be as hot when I start my ride...

    I am a morning person, and I am grateful because it helps me to cope better with the heat... good luck!
    1696 days ago
    Not a morning person either. I don't mind riding my bicycle between 1 and 4, trying to beat the afternoon monsoons. At least we're back below 110 here in Tucson. Did you break 120 last week in Tempe?
    1696 days ago
    I hope it''s better for you soon!
    1696 days ago
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