When summer arrives, many people who usually exercise outdoors tend to neglect their exercise routines because it is simply too hot to train. However, this move may not always be necessary if you implement a few of these handy tips into your daily workout.
1 – Wear sunscreen
It is crucial to apply sunscreen before heading out with your new Keen shoes to do a summer run – especially if it is cloudy. When applying sunscreen, be sure to include the top of your ears, the back of your hands, shoulders, neck, forehead and entire face. This will go a long way in preventing melanoma in later years.
2 – Stay hydrated
Although it’s important to remain hydrated all year round when running, this becomes even more essential during summer. If you struggle to carry a water bottle on your run, consider investing in a hydration pack. This will enable you to sip as you run while wearing your latest pair of New Balance shoes.
3 – Run early
At this time of the year, it is best to lace up your Keen shoes and go on your run as early in the day as possible – before temperatures rise too high. This will prevent you from having to struggle with high humidity levels as well.
4 – Give swelling feet the right care
During summer, it is normal for your feet to swell a little more than normal after a run. In most cases, this can be countered by using shoes that are a half size bigger than normal and by increasing your intake of water and electrolytes. Try to elevate your feet for 20 minutes to half an hour after running, as this can help reduce swelling.
5 – Consider trail running
If the heat of the asphalt or pavement is too much to bear in summer, now may be the time to consider moving your running on to the cooler forest or park trails. In most cases, these are shaded, which can help prevent you from becoming overheated or sunburned. You may need to invest in one of the many Keen shoe options that have been manufactured for this purpose.
6 – Wear the right shoes
It is essential to wear shoes that have not only been designed for the type of running you do, but that are also the right size. Having a proper fitting when buying a New Balance or Keen shoe model will help prevent chafing and blisters from developing, and you should be able to fit at least 1 finger between the back of your foot and the shoe. If not, take the next size up.
7 – Dress accordingly
Along with your New Balance shoes, be sure to wear lightweight clothing that is moisture-wicking and breathable, as this will ensure that you are able to enjoy your run as much as possible without overheating. Clothing should also be light colored, as this will help deflect heat away from your body.
Using the right New Balance or Keen shoes while running will make all the difference between enjoying your run and having to hobble around for days afterwards due to blisters or painful feet and arches.