Motivating Yourself to Exercise in Summer
How many times have you skipped a workout just because it’s too hot? There are more ways to motivate yourself to exercise than standing in front of the mirror with your swimwear on. These are our suggestions on how to stay on track on those hot, humid days we call summer.
Before starting your workout, it would be smart to lower your body’s temperature to help you feel better. Discover what works best for you such as taking a cool shower, sipping icy drinks or splashing cold water on your face. If time is limited, simply put your wrists under cold water for a few seconds to help cool down the blood that’s flowing through your body. Don’t forget to put on sportswear specifically designed for summer that is sweat-proof and made from light and fresh materials.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
How do you expect your body to feel great and energised if you’re not giving it all the water intake it requires? The importance of staying hydrated, especially in summer when you’re sweating excessively, can’t be stressed enough. But unfortunately, many still take it for granted.
So, be sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after working out. Your body will thank you for it! For maximum effect, chill your water beforehand and keep it handy throughout your fitness session. If you’re engaging in a high-intensity exercise in the heat for longer than an hour, carry a sports drink with you to replace electrolytes.
Relish the Outdoors
When thinking about a summer workout, don’t limit yourself to only a session in an indoor gym. You can get more creative than that and combine your fitness routine with your social life. How? As we’re lucky enough to live on a Mediterranean island with all the summer vibes, there are plenty of opportunities to engage in outdoor activities during the warm months. Consider joining a beach volley or soccer tournament or else for the ultimate refreshment, give aquatic Zumba, kayaking, rowing or paddleboarding a go!
Apart from staying fit and having fun, you’ll also be absorbing some Vitamin D giving you that well-needed mood boost. Having said that, always be sure to put on sunscreen and try to select hours when the sun is not at its strongest, such as early morning or late afternoon.
We can’t deny the fact that rewards are always super motivating. So, when the enthusiasm to work out is at a new low, think of ways you can reward yourself following a tough workout. Whether it’s heading to an afternoon at the pool or treating yourself to those gym shoes you’ve been eyeing for the past month, it’s great to associate exercise with something positive. There’s no harm in a sweet treat from time to time either! How about indulging in a post-workout ice lolly when it’s over?
And there you have it- no more excuses to stop working out in summer. After all, it would be a shame to lose all you’ve worked so hard for, during the rest of the year, in one summer!