Staying Motivated When it’s Hot Outside

It’s hot. Sure, my weather app tells me that it’s only 78 degrees when I get home from work, but it feels like a sauna outside. I’ve been trying to get back into running for the past few weeks, but when I get home from work, the heat and humidity make it difficult to rally. It’s even difficult to get motivated to ride during lunch. The humidity kills me and I begin sweating like a priest in a whorehouse before I’ve even gone a mile.
 
While the summer seems like it would be the perfect time to exercise, it can be difficult to maintain motivation for those of us who prefer cooler temps. So how can we precious flowers keep from wilting when the mercury goes from pleasant to holy-hell-it’s-f*@#$%^&^-hot!? iStock_000010380208XSmall
 
Exercise earlier in the day. Mornings are cooler and there are usually fewer people on the road or at the gym to contend with. I’ve taken to running on Saturday mornings, and may even add Sunday mornings to the roster, too.
 
Seek out cool spots. I live on the coast. When it gets a bit to roasty-toasty inland, I move my workouts to the beach. Although it’s best to do this earlier in the day before the tourists and other beach-goers come out.
 
Suck it up, princess. It’s usually hot for only a few months out of the year. In the grand scheme, this is nothing. Instead of complaining, embrace the heat and humidity and know that it’s not going to last forever.
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