AS SUMMER PROGRESSES THE WEATHER IN SOME LOCATIONS WILL BE LESS THAN PERFECT FOR OUTSIDE EXERCISE, even early mornings or late evenings when the sun no longer blazes. It’s just too hot or humid. When we lived on the Texas Gulf Coast this was an aspect of the climate that surprised me the most. Gym workouts were a necessity in the months of May through September.
When taking an early morning flight out of Houston, our departure from home was usually timed for 4am. Waking at 3am, I would find the heat index to still be in the 90’s. Although balmy and tropical, conditions were too oppressive for exercise outside.
On most days I learned it was best to get out at sunrise and walk or run on the beach near our condo; later in the day it was time to use the gym for fitness activities. Trainers seem more inclined to plan personal programs that include free, bodyweight, and functional strength training routines, However I find that on days when concentration is not required in a specific workout, machine exercises can almost be relaxing to perform.
An article by Isadora Baum and Liz Neporent in SHAPE.com recommends seven exercises that utilize gym machines. The authors explain the pros and cons of equipment use and why their selections might be worth including in a gym session:
NBCNews.com offers simplified advice on gym machine ‘cardio’ workouts that best fit different needs. It’s not an in-depth explanation, but an easy summer read.
Although Earned Runs blog posts seem to hold up outdoor exercise as the ideal in the summer, indoor work can be a preference or necessity. Regardless, here’s hoping you find something you enjoy.
RUN & MOVE HAPPY!
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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