Five Fitness-Centric Must-Haves for Summer

Summertime is almost here! Whether you’re new to working out, a weekend athlete or you work out every day, there are certain items you’ll need to support the increased demands on your body as you exercise in the heat. As an avid outdoor runner, biker and hiker, I’m always on the hunt for new and innovative fitness solutions for year-round training. So, if you’d like to continue your exercise routine outdoors in hot weather, here’s a review of my top picks for the summer.

1. Skin Glide by Body Glide

Body Glide’s Skin Glide is the perfect protector of your skin during summer months. With higher temperatures, your skin can be especially prone to blistering, chafing, and other minor irritations. This generally occurs when there’s constant rubbing or friction between the skin’s surface and any clothes worn. When you start sweating due to high heat or humidity, the excess moisture tends to trap itself between your skin and clothes, which can worsen the irritation.

Skin Glide acts as a proactive treatment against these pesky irritations, allowing sweat and moisture to escape and your skin to breath as you exercise under hot and humid conditions. I recently started using Skin Glide, as I normally get foot blisters and often chafe when running under extreme conditions (hot, cold or rainy). It’s made a real difference.

Related Article: Five Highly Effective Ways to Prevent Running-Related Injuries

I personally target those spots where my skin either rubs against itself (inner thighs) or against my clothes (around shirt armholes, at the waistband of pants, and between the toes).

To get the most out of your own summer workouts, simply apply Body Glide before you put on your workout clothes and be sure to hit any hard-to-reach areas where your skin is most vulnerable to irritation. The cream itself is sweat resistant, won’t clog the pores, and its effects are long-lasting.

2. Hydrive Energy Water

If you regularly exercise under hot or humid conditions, I recommend recharging your body with an energy-boosting beverage like Hydrive Energy Water. Exercise and warm weather inherently increase core body temperature so adequate fluid intake and hydration are generally critical. While drinking water is ideal, it’s also good to incorporate other nutrient-rich beverages to ensure that your body is sufficiently nourished in a way that promotes full recovery and recuperation.

Related Article: Why Water is More Important Than Food

Hydrive Energy Water offers a new and reformulated zero-calorie drink that delivers pretty much the same amount of caffeine as leading energy drinks.

It’s fortified with essential B-vitamins like niacin, pantothenic acid, B6, and B12—a winning combination that provides a more natural energy boost without the dreaded sugar crash associated with most energy drinks. Inclusion of B-vitamins also supports healthy circulation, proper nerve function, and more efficient muscle contractions during exercise.

Hydrive Energy Water comes in four fruity flavors including Black Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Triple Berry, and Citrus Burst, which is one of my personal favorites. Like fruit-infused water, it has a light and refreshing taste that’s much needed after a tough workout or long run. The bottles are soft and convenient to carry while you’re on the go or you can put one in the fridge for later.

3. Safe Catch Tuna

I was recently introduced to Safe Catch Tuna and it’s some good workout fuel! Tuna itself is a great source of protein, omega-3s, and key micronutrients like vitamin D, which is needed for proper absorption of electrolytes. Since electrolytes are lost in sweat, low levels of vitamin D can lead to muscle cramps and fatigue during summer workouts. Regularly eating tuna can reduce these symptoms and help alleviate exercise-induced muscle damage thereby aiding in recovery.

RECIPE: Savory Sweet Apple Walnut Tuna Salad

The Safe Catch brand Elite Wild Tuna is one that I particularly recommend because it’s wild-caught and generally more potent in omega-3s, vitamin D, and other micronutrients. You can really taste the difference! This brand also contains little to no mercury, as every fish is thoroughly tested prior to processing.

Available in 5-ounce cans and convenient 3-ounce snack size packets, Safe Catch Tuna has been deemed totally safe for pregnant women and children as well.

4. Sonar Capri Pants by Athleta

Athleta’s super sleek Sonar Capri pants are the perfect solution for staying cool, dry and comfortable during summer workouts. I personally own three pairs and can attest to their superior breathability and figure-flattering, comfortable fit. The pants themselves are made from Lycra® and Velocitek® materials and have a CoolMax® crotch gusset that conveniently draws moisture and sweat away from your skin while you’re working out.

They also have minimal seams, which helps reduce skin chafing in your inner thigh area during friction-producing exercises like walking, running, and cycling. In addition, a wide waistband helps prevent uncomfortable cutting into the stomach and there’s a never-ending, closed loop drawstring that’ll never get lost in the wash.

If you generally like to stash your ID, cash, keys or other small items when exercising there’s a good-sized back pocket that’s perfect for that.

Sonar Capri pants come in a variety of colors that include solids and funky designs like the Electric Geo print pictured here. The price is generally between $69-84 a pair but they’re often on sale so check out Athleta’s website or visit your local store and get you a pair or two today!

5. Designer Protein Meal Replacements

If you’re constantly on the go, protein shakes are generally great choices for fueling your summer workouts. But, they are not all created equally, as many contain far too many artificial sweeteners and other additives. Designer Protein is actually a perfect choice for pre- or post-workout nutrition. Well known for its iconic Designer Whey® line, the brand has recently expanded its product range to include high-quality protein powders from whey to plant varieties.

Designer Protein’s Essential 10® line of natural, non-GMO plant-based proteins ranges from superfoods to performance proteins each of which is certified vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and complete with all the essential amino acids. Like all Designer Protein products, this line is rich in essential micronutrients, prebiotics and natural fibers.

Since I regularly incorporate strength training into my workout routine, I personally prefer their combination (whey and plant-based) blends due to the relatively higher protein content.

If you typically do a lot of running, cycling, or swimming during summer months, make an effort to consume about 0.50-0.65 grams of protein per pound of your body weight.

Related Article: Nutrition Basics: Your Daily Protein Intake

And there you have it! Five products that’ll help you fully prepare your body for those hot weather workouts. If you haven’t already set yourself on a personal path towards fitness during the summer months and beyond, now’s a good time for you to get serious and fully commit. Need help? Get your copy of Leaving Your Fat Behind and learn the best exercise strategies for weight loss, long-term weight management, and overall good health.

Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.

Before starting an exercise training program you should first make sure that exercise is safe for you. If you are under the age of 55 years and generally in good health, it is probably safe for you to exercise. However, if you are over 55 years of age and/or have any health problems, be sure to consult with your physician before starting an exercise training program.