Summer is here, and the heat has arrived.  Sometimes the oppressive heat and humidity really put a damper on exercising outdoors.  We have some suggestions on running must-haves to help you beat the heat.

Choose The Right Gear

Don't forget the sunscreen. I prefer a sports sunscreen so it’s not as greasy and is water resistant so sweat doesn’t make the sunscreen run in my eyes. I also make sure to apply it on areas where the sun hits the hardest like my shoulders and head. My hair has a natural part and the part gets sunburned very easily so I make sure to use tons of sunscreen there.

Grab those shades. Protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays is important. Although they aren’t as flattering, I wear sunglasses that give me a wide range of coverage. I don’t want the sun to creep in through the sides, so I choose wrap-around styles. I also make sure they don’t slip up and down on my face while I’m running, and I've found a glasses-keeper that is adjustable to hold them in place is helpful.

Choose cooling running clothing!  Running skirts are awesome for ladies.  I wear them year round, just adding tights under in the winter. In the summer they are the perfect bottoms to run in! They are cool and they wick away the sweat!  Guys, look for moisture wicking shorts.

Speaking of moisture wicking... look for sweat wicking socks. There’s nothing worse than running and feeling like your feet can’t breathe. The right socks in the summertime are super important. I need my feet to be able to breathe as well as for the sweat to be wicked away so I don’t get blisters.

And finally, don't forget that water!  A Hydration Belt or Hand Held Bottle is perhaps the most important piece of gear you can have. Hydration is key in the heat and humidity. I make sure to always hydrate well before my runs during the summer.  Choose whatever works best for your running style.

And one more running must have….a swimming pool to serve as an ice bath after your run!!! Ok, so it’s not a must have but it is oh so nice!  No matter if you choose to exercise inside or out, or you're walking your Yes.Fit challenges, we are here to cheer you on!

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