Cool Summer Workout Tips from TOPS

TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 12:04 PM.

Early summer weather can provide the ultimate motivation to get outside and be active. The sun is shining, nature is in full blossom, and coats and earmuffs are no longer essential. Summer can give people a certain zest for fitness, but sometimes temperatures can turn good intentions into a sweltering mess. Incorporating new habits and precautions into your warm weather workouts can keep you safe, motivated, and cool. TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, offers the following tips to make the most of your summer fitness plans:

1. Fill up on fruit

Water-heavy fruits - like watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, and grapes - are a great way to boost energy and replenish fluids lost after a workout. Containing more than 80 percent water, these fruits are easily digestible in the summer heat and are a tasty way to keep hydrated and satisfied. Eating them frozen also makes a refreshing summer treat.

2. Reroute for optimal shade

If your usual running, walking, or cycling route makes you an easy target for sun exposure, opt for a shadier course. Road Runners Club of America features running routes around the country on their website, www.rrca.org. Weather.com also offers local parks’ forecasts and a fitness comfort index by the hour - ideal for determining the best time of day to exercise.

3. Incorporate the season into your routine

Make summer chores part of your fitness plan for time-saving and warm weather-friendly exercise. Washing the car, gardening, taking the dog for a walk, and mowing the lawn, are all activities on your to-do list that burn calories as a bonus.



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