During the peak of summer, the heat can even make walking outside challenging and uncomfortable. Staying comfortable while LivingWell and getting outdoors will help keep you active. It's important to make sure you are well hydrated but what you wear can also make a difference. Make sure you are wearing breathable clothing. While cotton is one of the most breathable fabrics, it is not ideal for working out, as it doesn't pull the moisture away from your body. Moisture wicking fabrics help with the evaporation of your sweat, which in turn keeps you cool. It's science!
Here is some science based fitness gear to keep you cool this summer.
- Sugoi's Icefil® technology reacts with body heat to cool skin temperature and protect from harmful UV rays.
- UnderArmor's HeatGear line not only wicks away sweat but items, such as shorts and pants with mesh, help speed up the process by dumping excess heat.
- Hats are important for keeping the sun off your face, but you don't want to trap the heat from your head. Look for mesh hats or opt for a visor. As a bonus, Patagonia's built in COOLMAX® fabric headband wicks moisture.
- Mission's HydroActive Cooling Towels are great at quickly cooling you down. Simply wet, wring and snap in the air.
- Don't forget your feet! Icebreaker's Multisport sock is engineered with merino and nylon for moisture wicking and odor control plus they built in extra breathability over the instep.
Beyond everything else, listen to your body when working out in the heat. Evaluate how you are feeling and adjust intensity and duration of what you're doing based on how you feel. When in doubt take a break and go inside to cool down.