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Beat the Heat: Ways to Stay Active in the Summer


Intro:

Reflecting back on the week prior, it's hard to not think about how hot it was and IT'S ONLY JUNE! Staying active when the weather outside is demanding you stay in the AC can be challenging, but that's why we are here! Here are a few ways you can keep active this summer and beat the heat, before it beats you.


Staying Hydrated

Drinking lots of water before, during, and after your workout is essential to dealing with the heat of summer, even when you aren't being physically active. Keeping your fluids up is crucial, as your body will be sweating more to keep you cool. Always bring water with you when working out inside and out to avoid dehydration. Dehydration makes you more susceptible to heatstroke and other heat related illnesses.


Time of Day

The heat of the day can be intense, so consider exercising during cooler hours instead. Early morning workouts (before 7 am) or evening workouts (after 6 pm) can be much more comfortable than mid-day workouts. Additionally, the cooler temperatures can make it easier to push yourself harder and get a better workout.


Swimming

'Tis the season to stick by the pool or lake's edge! Swimming is an excellent way to stay cool while getting a great workout. Not only does it provide a low-impact exercise option for your joints, but it's also an effective way to burn calories and build endurance. Consider joining a local pool or beach club, or invest in a pool membership at your own home.


Going to a Gym (LIKE HERON CREEK)

If you prefer traditional gym workouts, consider an indoor gym for the summer. Many gyms have air-conditioned facilities, us included, that provide a comfortable environment for exercising year-round. Plus, we offer group fitness classes, personal training sessions, and state-of-the-art equipment to help you achieve your fitness goals.

In honour of summer this year we are offering July and August free for new members (adults & Seniors 65+) when they sign-up for the year! AND we are also offering a free summer to teens between the ages of 14-17!


Other Ways to Stay Cool While Working Out

Wear breathable clothing: Choose lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing that allows for airflow and helps keep you cool.

Take breaks: If you're exercising outdoors, take regular breaks in shaded areas or indoor spaces to cool down.

Use cooling gear: Consider using cooling towels, bandanas, or hats to keep your head and neck cool.

Avoid peak sun hours: Try to avoid exercising during peak sun hours (11 am - 3 pm) when the sun's rays are strongest.

Incorporate shade into your routine: If you must exercise outdoors, try to incorporate shaded areas into your route or workout routine.

Use technology: Invest in a wearable fitness tracker that monitors your body temperature and provides alerts when you need to take a break due to heat exhaustion.

Workout in water-rich environments: Consider exercising near bodies of water like lakes, rivers, or oceans for added cooling benefits.

Try outdoor activities with built-in shade: Activities like tennis, pickleball, or cycling on trails with shaded paths can be great ways to stay cool while still getting a workout.


Conclusion

Staying fit in the summer doesn't have to mean sacrificing comfort or safety. By incorporating these tips into your routine, you can enjoy the benefits of exercise while beating the heat. Remember to prioritize hydration, find shade when possible, and adapt your workout routine to the warmer weather. Happy sweating!

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