The summers in our local area are always sunny, tepid and humid, however this year has been especially brutal! Everyday, by 8 in the afternoon, the temperature has climbed above eighty degrees.
I workout every afternoon for about an hour.
I use the lanai constructed on the back of the home as our gym… For most of the year, the screened section is ideal. I like the fresh breeze. The lack of temperature control is a complication during the summer. I get up and workout as early as possible, hoping to avoid the heat of the afternoon. I run a box fan at max speed and stand directly in front of it. I sweat so badly that I occasionally get lightheaded. I need to keep a towel handy and drink lots of water. I am fortunate that I have a lake within walking distance of our house! On the afternoons when I just can’t face exercising in such overheated and sticky conditions, I head to the water. The lake water is always a comfortable temperature, and it’s not overly deep. I can choose to remain in the shallow area for water aerobics. I run, kick, skip and do lunges, jumps and high knees. The water keeps myself and others pleasantly cool even though the water adds resistance, although the movements are slow, they require more exertion from our muscles. I occasionally choose to swim laps across the lake or tread water in the middle for extended periods of time. I like finally working out in the water so much that our workouts often last several hours.