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13 Ways to Cool Down Your Summer Workout

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  • Saying to drink water while you are swimming is a bit weird. Yeah, you have a special, very large pocket in your swimsuit? Also, there really isn't a way to slowly come from the heat into a cold building. That doesn't make sense! Just get inside. - 5/28/2015 7:52:22 AM
  • I know all these things but always doing them I'm kinda bad at that. I got really sick Tues night. I followed all the advice. It felt cooler (though still humid and fairly hot) the breeze was nice and it was after 9pm. I pushed myself on a hill and by the time I got home my face was nearly purple. I don't sweat much and that's a big problem for me. I don't think I cooled down from my walk properly either. So remember to cool down folks! - 5/28/2015 6:00:12 AM
  • JANETEMILY
    As someone who lived in south Florida for the first 50 years of my life, I agree that it's what you get used to! It is humid there almost every day, so it's less noticeable. Now that I live in North Carolina, where it's only humid in the summer, I feel a lot more miserable - so I usually wait until about 9 pm to walk with my dog. And as others have commented, I now love going out when it's cold--40's or colder are great! - 6/24/2014 3:50:52 AM
  • I've never heard of a polyester/cotton blend being more comfortable in hot weather than pure cotton. I've found the opposite to be the case. I used to work in extreme weather conditions, and I always wore a bandana. A few times I tried one made of poly/cotton instead of pure cotton and it felt like I had plastic wrapped around my head; cotton was always very comfortable though, and absorbed sweat so it didn't run down in my eyes. - 6/9/2014 9:16:22 AM
  • Great Tips especially for living in FL - 8/3/2013 7:48:23 AM
  • I think this applies better to ONE segment of the population than the other but I like to cut my hair shorter in the summer. It may NOT help a lot but even the sensation of coolness helps. - 7/24/2013 9:34:21 PM
  • Unable to read the article because the Pintrest banner was o or repositioned o or minimized - 7/23/2013 8:50:25 PM
  • I live in a climate similar to a high desert. It's hot here in the summer, but the humidity is low. In fact, the advice in this article about the humidity being lower in the morning or evening is completely wrong for where I live. Exercising in high heat and low humidity can be fairly comfortable as long as you're producing enough sweat to cool your body.

    Also, because this is a dry climate, cotton is wonderful. I always wear a cotton cycling cap under my helmet. I can dip it in any water (including non-potable ditch water, or not-very-tasty park water fountain water), put it back under my helmet, and my body cools quickly as the air flowing through my helmet dries the cap. It's wonderful!

    Like the Texans said, exercising in heat is possible in dry climate. Ease into it, and be very conscious of how you feel. Triple digits is no time to let your pride dictate how long you workout.

    And I know this is nitpicking, but applying sunscreen will not keep you cool. You should do it, but the only "coolness" benefit is that it sucks to be the sun if you already have a sunburn. - 7/23/2013 7:47:49 PM
  • I do not like summer. I miss summer in the more northern climate. I wish I were more of a morning person. - 7/5/2013 9:32:13 AM
  • That's why I go in the morning. I don't like anything over 85 degrees.When Iit get over that I am not walking. So I do early morning unless I have an appointment. If I can't go early in the morning to the gym I go. - 7/5/2013 8:35:38 AM
  • One of the things I will do when it is uncomfortably hot before a walk or run is to soak my shirt.

    it creates a cool sensation and gives me the time to be comfortable as I get that workout in. - 6/14/2012 8:02:09 AM
  • I live in asia and it`s not just the heat but the humidity. It is in the 100s but I get up at 6 or 7am to take a run while it is still cool. The earlier the better and I actually enjoy the empty stillness on the streets at that time. I also take a small bottle of water to sip and I drink more water when I get in. Also I see many people running at midnight, I have been meaning to try. - 7/21/2011 11:10:48 PM
  • EVELYNW11
    I live in Rose Hill Ks. I walk at 5:30 am .It is still in the 80"s but I carry 2 wet wash cloth's and they seem to help .although I walk at the football stadium track there is water fountains that help too. - 7/21/2011 11:22:46 AM
  • Yes working out before 10 sometime in the South its already HOT!!!. So I wait until late evening about 7:30. If I go about 5 in the morning its ok. Thats when the Kids go to school, because I am up. Thats the last of August. - 7/21/2011 10:48:15 AM
  • Another Texan chiming in!!! The comment to workout before 10 am during the summer needs to be modified where I live (Houston area) because the heat (90 plus) and the humidity factor together for a heat index of 100 plus! I found that on long runs (5 or more miles) I cannot get by with gatorade alone. A couple of electrolyte capsules makes a huge difference. Thanks for a very timely article. - 6/29/2011 1:12:58 PM

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