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Any medical professional will tell you that being physically active is just as important as a balanced diet when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. That’s easier said than done, though, when it’s too hot out to do much more than sit in the shade with a tall glass of water. Here are some of the best tips to get your heart rate up without overheating yourself.

 

Switch Up Your Schedule

Do you usually exercise at a specific time? Consider switching to a different time—without the sun beating down on you, you’ll be able to enjoy your workout more thoroughly instead of wanting to quit halfway through because it’s just too hot. For the morning people, consider setting your alarm a little earlier than usual and start the day with some yoga.

 

If you’re more of a night owl, check out your local intramural teams that have a night league. Depending on where you live, there could be anything from softball to kickball to running to swimming, so explore your options! You might even make a new friend or two along the way.

 

Even a simple game of tag will get you moving. Everyone knows tag is more fun at night, anyway.

 

Head Indoors

There’s no shame in taking your toughest workouts into the air conditioning. If anything, it means you’re mindful of your body and what it needs to stay healthy. Run intervals on the treadmill instead of a jog in the park, or put down your tennis racket and exchange it for an indoor squash court. You’ll still get the benefit of a full workout but without the sorry of getting a severe sunburn or heat rash.

 

Hit the Water

It’s the summer, and you have one of the best tools possible at your disposal—the pool! Whether you opt for laps, a water aerobics class, or a high stakes game of Marco Polo, the water will keep you refreshed while you work up a sweat. Run through the sprinkler or have a squirt gun fight and embrace your inner child again.

 

You could even go to a water park for the day and do an obstacle course or swim in the wave pool. If you have a family, this could be a great option, since water parks have activities for all age groups.

 

With any of these suggestions, you’ll beat the heat and probably be having so much fun that it won’t even feel like a workout.