Hey Beauties! Summer is upon us, and that means a couple of different things, including summer vacation for kids (and teachers) and the heat! How do you survive the summer to keep in running shape, or begin a running regimen when it seems too hot?
The first step to summer running is just to keep on keepin’ on the best you can! We’ll include some tips and tricks, but honestly the hardest part is just the act of hoping on the treadmill or walking out your front door. If you are already doing that, good for you! Here’s some ways to make all that effort even better. If you are struggling, that’s ok, that’s normal! If it was easy, everyone would do it.
The next most important thing is to keep super hydrated! Drink water. Seriously, a lot of water. Get a cute water bottle to make it more fun to get your fluids up. Set a reminder on your phone. Mark lines on a gallon jug that tell you how much you should be drinking throughout the day. Add fresh fruit like lemon, strawberries, watermelon, raspberries, etc. to make healthy flavors. The sky’s the limit, make your own creation!
So, What Are My Options?
There are a lot of ways to still run in the summer. You can go to the gym, run on a treadmill at home, run in the early morning, or night. Here three ways that you can still get your sweat on and earn some beautiful virtual bling! As a general reminder, make sure that you consult your doctor before starting any new program. Safety first.
- A brick and mortar gym is awesome. Some of them have day cares so that you can drop off your kids while you work out so that you can really focus. Some have great classes with trainers that will keep you motivated as you cross-train. Maybe the social aspect is what keeps you motivated. Great option!
- Running a treadmill at home is also fantastic. You don’t have to leave the house and you don’t have to pay for a more expensive gym membership. You may have to purchase a treadmill, but maybe you already have one laying around collecting laundry. Just make sure that you create your own intensity and push yourself the right way, even though you are running by yourself. Try to find a time to run when you won’t be distracted, maybe nap time, or before everyone else wakes up. But air-conditioning and closeness to the fridge and the private bathroom can’t be beat. Running at home also lets you multitask or watch tv while you run!
- Running outside is my personal favorite. I love to run in my neighborhood. Of course, during the summer, this means that I must either wake up super early, or wait until dark so that it is cool enough. And this means that I must protect myself. If you are a night runner like me, make sure to stock up on some reflective clothing such as a vest, blinking lights, and an ID tag. You can also grab your dog or a friend and hit the road!
And Don’t Forget
No matter how you run, be safe and have fun with it! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can help you!
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