3 Hot Weather Workouts
By Ali Struhs
May 13, 2015
Ninety-degree days when the sun is beating down and the sidewalks are sizzling are not the best days to be working out. In fact, you probably feel like melting onto your sofa in your air conditioned home instead of lacing your sneakers and burning calories. So how can you keep your exercise routine during the summer? Grab your water bottle, and when the weather gets unbearably hot, head to the gym, pool, or the mountains to get exercise. Here are three hot weather workouts to try this summer.
Join a gym
When the mercury rises outside, take your workout inside to the gym. Exercise comfortably in air conditioning, knowing you’re burning calories and avoiding a gnarly sunburn. Curves fitness centers provide a cool place to exercise, 30-minute cardio classes for busy summer days, and total body workouts that feature moves from celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels.* Classes* are focused on building core strength, increasing balance, toning arms and legs, and improving flexibility. At Curves, you’ll also find a coach who can help you during your workout to make sure you’re performing exercises safely and effectively.
Hit the pool
Your kids are probably begging you to take them to the pool on sweltering summer days, so indulge them and sneak in some exercise for yourself. Rather than lounging in the sun or floating around on an inflatable toy while the kids splash in the shallow end of the pool, swim laps for 30 minutes. This low-impact exercise is easy on the body while burning around 200 calories in just a half hour. Some gyms even offer water aerobics classes that feature music and choreographed moves to keep you entertained while you get a good cardio workout.
Hike in the hills
When the pavement is too hot for a jog, head for the hills where there is abundant shade from the towering pine trees and cooler temperatures. Hike your favorite trail with a friend to destress and catch-up on their latest news, or to make this a family-friendly activity, choose an easy walking trail and pack a healthy picnic (like our Chicken Salad Kit) for your destination. Provide the kids with a scavenger hunt to keep them entertained as you traipse through the woods. Hiking is a cardio-centered exercise that improves balance, strengthens your core, and relieves stress. Be sure to pack plenty of water!
*At participating locations only.