8 Tips For Making Running In The Heat Easier This Summer

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Summer is the best time of year for lots of activities — grilling, strolling around the block, reading a book in the park, eating hot dogs. Cardio, on the other hand, can feel like a major chore. But in actuality, your body is designed to adapt to the summer's increase in humidity and heat, and it only takes about two weeks to fully adjust. Still, on those sticky August days, my cooling system does not appear to be regulating itself, even from the seated position.

If you have ever used the heat as an excuse for skipping your run, I feel you. Intense cardio delivers our brains and bods major benefits — such as lower stress levels, better mood, and fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression — so even when a plodding along makes you perspire more than you'd like, it's important to hit the pavement (or beach) to get the heart rate up.

There are plenty of tricks to help you run when you'd rather lay in a kiddie pool of ice water. Over the years I have trained for a few summer races, and in the process I've learned some techniques for staying motivated to get that outdoor cardio in when ripping myself away from the chair in front of my air conditioner feels nearly impossible. I promise they work, and your body will thank you for taking it out for a spin.

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