Hi Readers! I’m Laura from Becoming The Odd Duck and I’m writing a post today to help Misty, because she is super busy with school right now!
I know we have readers from all over the world visit our blogs, but I suspect most of you are stuck in the same predicament I’m in right now – it’s really hot outside! I live in North Texas, and it’s already reaching 100° some days. In another few weeks we’ll be seeing 100°+ every day for roughly 45 days straight. With all this heat, it’s really difficult to exercise. Not only is it unpleasant, it can also be dangerous.
I thought I’d share some ideas with all of you for exercising despite the awful heat this summer. Let’s break down exercising with and without a gym membership during the summer.
1. Gym memberships: Many of us have gym memberships – which clearly provide a safe haven for exercise in the heat. I personally belong to a gym and enjoy lifting weights there or attending group exercise classes.
If you belong to a gym try the following:
· A new group exercise class – like spinning or stepping
· Attend a body works/body pump class that integrates weight lifting with cardio if your motivation is lacking with strength training
· Take a dip in their pool by swimming laps or attending a water aerobics class
· Invite a friend to shoot hoops or play racquetball with you
· Simply walk on their treadmills or use the elliptical for a low-key workout
2. If you don’t belong to a gym, look for a local community rec center – either in your city or your county. You can usually join these rec centers for $30-$40 a year. Many have weights, indoor tracks, basketball courts and pools available. Most even have group exercises classes available for a small fee – often less than $5 per class. This is a very affordable option that offers great options that many people forget to consider.
3. If a gym or rec center isn’t in the cards for you, workout at home. Gyms aren’t for everyone and that is perfectly okay! For those of us that don’t belong to a gym, we have to get a little creative when faced with hot weather. Working out at home can get boring for some, so keep changing your routine.
Try these tips for exercising at home:
Try exercise videos on Spark People, many of which are only 10 minutes long. These also play through youtube so you can watch on your TV through your cable box, tivo or roku player
Purchase an indoor bike trainer and bring your biking indoors
Books like Smart Girls do Dumbbells or The New Rules of Lifting for Women provide easy strength training workouts that can be done at home using dumbbells
Pick up exercise DVDs on Amazon such as Body by Bethenny, Core Fusion or Jillian Michaels videos
A more expensive, but comprehensive option is Beachbody workout plans through DVDs that are highly successful if followed. Popular ones include Insanity and Turbo Fire
Don’t let the hot weather this summer ruin your exercise routine. There are a wide variety of options you can use if you live in an area where it’s unsafe to exercise outside. For a little accountability, try making a fitness challenge for yourself and make sure to include a prize if you complete the challenge.
If you have any other tips for exercising in the summer heat, please leave them below in the comments! Also leave any comments or questions you have for me and I’ll be sure to answer them.
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Peace, Love and Happy Blogging