Beat The Heat: Tips to Stay Cool During Your Run or Walk

As we approach a cool down to the heat wave of the past week, take a moment to enjoy a breeze or two. Temperatures are set to rise again next week and we wanted to give you a little reminder of the importance of staying cool and hydrated during a run or walk.

Hydrate – When it’s hot, you sweat. Our bodies cool themselves off by sweating, but they can’t do it effectively if we’re dehydrated. When you’re dehydrated your body will begin to store heat and cause your internal temperature to rise. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, and experts generally recommend drinking 6 to 8 ounces of fluid every 15 minutes while you’re on your walk or run. And don’t just stop there – it’s important to keep drinking when you’re done. You need to replenish the fluids you sweated off during your workout.

Cool It – whether it be a sports drink or water, drinking an icy cold beverage or wearing iced towels before you head outside are a good way to cool your body temperature …

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Running in the Heat

It is that time of year where the days are heating up and the sun is beaming brighter than it has in several months. Serious runners sometimes take pride in continuing their running routine even in extreme weather conditions, but putting yourself in danger is not the only decision. Remember you can easily rearrange your schedule to run before the sun comes up or after the sun goes down. It is cooler during those hours, especially during these horribly hot days.

Here are a few suggestions for you dedicated runners out there:

First: Avoid Running during Peak Hours

Avoid running during the peak of the day, particularly during these hot days. It was 80 degrees before 10 am today. That means as the sun continues to rise the temperature continues to increase. Do your best to run in the morning before the sun rises or after sunset. This will help ensure a safe run.

Second: Hydrate, Hydrate, HYDRATE

It is important to drink plenty of water and flavored sports drinks that can help replenish electrolytes and nutrients lost during workouts …

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