I have a love/hate relationship with summer workouts.
Love? Longer days, runs at dusk with the smell of fresh-cut grass and dressing without fear of the wind chill factor.
Hate? Sunburns, jogging at a snail’s pace under the beating sun, dehydration, heat cramps and humidity.
Luckily, some of those things can be avoided by taking a few simple precautions (aka getting my butt out of bed earlier and slathering myself head-to-toe with sunscreen).
The others? Well, there’s no better excuse to get some fun, new gear to keep you from suffering through some strenuous outdoor activities in the summertime.
Here are a few of my recent favorites!
Dress to Impress
I love a good pair of yoga pants as much as the next gal, but sometimes summer just calls for bare legs. Keep your cool (without losing your dignity in some of those, ahem, ‘barely-there’ shorts) with Moving Comfort’s Sprint Tech Skort ($56), which comes complete with motivational quotes inside the lining to really get you going.
Go with the Flow
For up top, I’m a big fan of their Flow Crossback Tank ($58). As comfortable as it is cute, Moving Comfort really knocked it out of the park with this one. From the fun pop of color to the feminine ruching at the bust, this tank is not only done well design-wise, but it also has a built-in bra for support during both low- and high-impact activities.
Keep a Cool Head
When I want to get out and feel the burn (the good kind) while going pseudo-incognito, I grab my trusty Lululemon Run Hat ($32). The lightweight, moisture-wicking and adjustable cap makes it easy to shield your eyes from the sun and keep hair from going haywire.
Between hydration, energy gels, keys, cash, phone, music and whatever else you need, packing for a long run can spiral out of control quickly. Contain the madness with a Nathan Hydration Belt ($45). Equipped with easy-squeeze flasks, these belts offer lightweight storage, a chafe-free ride, and easy one-handed access to hydration and other running essentials.
Keep Your Balance
Finally, smart sports hydration takes more than just H2O. Keep from knocking your system too far out of whack by consistently sipping an electrolyte replacement, such as Nuun Active Hydration Tablets ($24 for a four-pack), which contain a quick-absorbing mix of salts and sugars that can alleviate cramps and help muscles function, communicate and burn energy efficiently. Stay cool out there!
Thanks to the folks at Moving Comfort for providing samples for review; all opinions are my own.