- Hydrate before you run. If you’re running less than 5km you will most likely not need to hydrate during your run.
- Eat light. Overeating in the heat can make running unbearable. Summer is a great time to enjoy in-season fruits and veggies. Cold-pressed juices are great pre and post run.
- Beat the sun. Running in the early morning hours before the sun fully rises means the temperature is lower and you get a nice jump on your day.
- Switch it up. If early morning workouts aren’t your thing, try running after sunset for cooler temperatures. You’ll need to wear reflective clothing for your safety.
- Acclimate. Remember it can take up to two weeks or more to get used to exercising in the heat. Be smart and pace yourself.
- Don’t overdress. Shorts and a sports bra and/or a tank top are more than adequate in the summer heat.
- Run with ice cubes wrapped in a bandana and tie it around your neck. When the ice melts, wrap it around your head for a cool reprieve from the heat. (Pro tip: These also work great for pups, well, mostly)
- Take it indoors. You may have a love/hate relationship with the treadmill, but when the sun is scorching and there is a heat advisory in effect, it’s best to take your run into an air conditioned gym.
- Summer-friendly activities like swimming and biking are great for cross-training with your run on hot days.
- Energizing beats to keep you motivated. There’s always a hot track that becomes the song of the summer, make sure it’s on your run playlist. Lucky for you we’ve curated the greatest summer playlists on Spotify, sure to inspire a jog or just about any workout flow.
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