Lessons Learned From Summer Walking

Hello! How was your weekend? In case you missed them, here were my weekend posts:

Friday – Things I Am Looking Forward To . . .
Saturday – Summer Style

Our weekend was quite relaxing. Friday night we had dinner with some friends. Saturday morning I had the 31 product premiere, ran a few errands, and did a few things around the house. Sunday was laundry and grocery day along with a walk in the afternoon.

Today starts the GYPO Summer Style Challenge outfits. There is still time to sign up. Make sure to follow me on Instagram for my outfits (or check back here on the weekends).

Lessons Learned From Summer Walking

Last Monday I did lessons learned from strength training. Today I thought I would do lessons learned from walking in the summer. I went walking yesterday afternoon and it was HOT! Here were some things I thought about during my walk:

Walk in the shade – Our walking trail is about half in the sun and half in the shade. For most of my walk, I just walked back and forth in the shade. Shade feels about 10-20 degrees cooler and protects you from some of the sun’s rays.

Take rest breaks when needed – There is a cute little gazebo near our walking path. I took a few breaks in here to cool down. That is also a great way to still get fresh air and enjoy the outdoors.

Drink lots of water – I always carry a Camelbak with ice-cold water when I walk. Make sure to drink some water before you go and immediately when you return.

Wear sunscreen and/or bug spray – Failed on both of these yesterday. I could feel my skin on fire and the bugs loved me so I must do better next time.

Wear a hat and/or visor and/or shades – I wear my shades all the time, but I may need to start wearing a hat or visor when walking outside.

Popsicles make great treats – When I got home I immediately had a popsicle to try to cool down.

Walk first thing in the morning or last thing at night – To be cooler, walking early in the morning or late in the evening. Since this is not always possible, make sure to take precautions when walking in the heat of the day.

Jump in the pool – Have a pool in your neighborhood? Wear a swimsuit under your workout clothes and jump in the pool after. This would cool you down quickly!

And finally, move it inside if needed – If the heat bothers you or you prefer the cool, move it inside to a treadmill at the gym or your house. And if you start feeling dizzy, etc. while walking outside, get indoors immediately. Everyone can suffer from heat exhaustion or a heat stroke.



4 Responses to “Lessons Learned From Summer Walking”

  1. YES!!!!!! ALL ALL ALL OF THESE and sadly in TEXAS a lot of the mooooove inside if you have to.

  2. I am all over the sunscreen! I love walking/running first thing in the morning with the first light of dawn when it’s hot.

  3. It can get pretty hot and humid here in Maryland….so i have a love/hate with getting my walk/run on at 5am. Thanks for the reminder about bugspray

  4. Good tips! You’ll find me walking indoors sometimes thanks to #teamNFC options like the indoor track or the movie theater full of treadmills. A girl’s gotta take care of herself!