I have a confession. Since last Thursday I have been operating on getting under 6 hours of sleep a night. This weekend was a blur and the past few days I am having trouble sleeping. I know, study upon study upon study says this is no good. Have you ever experienced this prob? I am trying the whole “no coffee or tea after 3PM.” Yesterday was the first night I have slept all the way through. I needed it, since this morning Elena and I (remember our friend the Ironman) did an hour of stairs. We are going to find a new weekly hobby, I swear.
The Atlanta heatwave and humidity is making it dern near impossible and unwise to run outside. My pool is scorching and it’s not even summer, ick. It’s important that if you do venture out, you are aware of your surroundings and your body.
If you can’t stand the heat…
– Cotton the touch, the feel, save the “fabric of our lives” for cooler temps. And now is not the time to wear tight clothing. Think loose and free; the less the fabric clings to your body, the better. Look for moisture wicking clothing, this will help keep you as dry as possible.
– E-e-e-e-lectrolytes. Your Gatorade, Powerade, Whateverade, drink up. These drinks are packed with nutrients that replenish your body’s water and electrolyte levels after dehydration caused by exercise.
– Early bird catches the worm and prevents a nasty sunburn. Let’s avoid times like “high noon.” Try to head outdoors early, before the sun starts rising throughout the day.
– Don’t forget to wear sunscreen. Lather it up! I know it can be gross sometimes to sweat with lotion on, but they do make special lotions for workouts and us sweaty folk. Look for 45 or higher. Some clothes also feature SPF protection. REI has a great selection. With your blood going in your body, you are more likely to burn. Keep those freckles at bay.
Here are some other frosty tips from Runner’s World, and it helps that the writer Jeff Galloway lives in Atlanta. We can definitely relate.
How are you keeping your cool this summer?