Exercising in high heat and humidity


When the dog starts panting and looking for water and shade before you’re at the end of a little residential road you know it is too hot out.  They don’t call them the dog days of summer for nothing.

What’s a gal to do about the gym?  Mind you, mine is not open 24 hours a day like my old one, so there’s no going there at 3 a.m. when the air is relatively cool. There is the option of drinking very cold water, but I keep being told it is really  not good for the body – and  we all want to be good to our bodies, right? As in the body is your temple and … Except drinking cold water does help lower the body temperature a little after half an hour spent on the elliptical at 5 MPH set to level 5, not to mention what I’m like after 30 minutes of weight lifting.  And no, I’m not really interested in the sauna after that – not at this time of year.  Egads!  Wearing a sweat band is my new favorite thing to keep the salt water out of my eyes.  It would be so wonderful if the gym – one of those large, box-like structures, were able to be cooled to a nice, crisp 70 degrees. Is that possible?

The dog is lying on the wood floor in front of the large fan, so clearly he’s going nowhere in this heat and humidity.  Perhaps the canine view has the most merit today. After all, I did paint the deck 1.5 times in the past two days.  That does count as exercise, doesn’t it?

Ahh, the joys of spring walks….

Dog posed on rock bench

Springtime walk on Stevens Estate

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