Summer is quickly approaching, which means flip flops, tan lines, and snowballs... Not to mention the brutal heat! Participating in any sort of outdoor activity is going to be challenging... for me, that would be running. Once I get on that runner's high, I feel like I could go forever, but the heat certainly puts a damper on that. Finding the motivation to exercise (or participate in any outdoor activity) in the summer can be tough. Here are my 5 tips for keeping yourself motivated to run during those summer months!
1. Stay hydrated - for those longer runs, invest in a water belt or CamelBak. Or try running in a new place that has easy access to water fountains where you can refill your water bottle. And don't forget proper nutrition - you will be sweating a lot, so make sure to replenish electrolytes too!
2. Get up earlier - run before the sun comes up. It's still humid and hot, but the sun isn't beating on your back and slowing you down. Not to mention that you will feel more energized throughout the day!!
3. Take it inside - as much as I can't stand running on a treadmill, sometimes I breakdown and have to do it. It's nothing like running outside (which I clearly prefer) but sometimes I need to get that run in and it's much better than running in the heat of the day!
4. Cross Train - this is the perfect time to try a new class or new routine at the gym! Running everyday during the summer is not exactly realistic living in New Orleans... so you have to be flexible with changing your workout plans at the last minute. Who knows, a mini-hurricane may blow through one afternoon, preventing you from hitting the pavement...
5. Wear cool, breathable clothing - you are going to be sweating. A lot. So wearing dry-fit shirts and tanks will make you a little more comfortable, as opposed to wearing super tight, non-breathable materials. And don't forget the sunscreen too!!
6. Wear a good pair of running shoes - getting fitted for running shoes is a must!! Having a proper-fitting pair of running shoes helps prevent injuries, takes some pressure off your joints, and overall makes your run a lot more comfortable! This tip isn't just for summer either - a good pair of running shoes is one of the most important things a runner can have. Yes, they can be expensive, but would you rather increase your risk for injury by running in shoes that aren't supportive or could potentially by hurting you? Didn't think so... When I first got fitted, and after my first run in my new shoes, I promised myself I would never run in a pair of Nike's again!! I personally love Mizunos - not to mention the color I currently have is my favorite color!