what do you do when the weather gets hot

old biker
By old biker Latest Reply 2012-07-08 07:42:40 -0500
Started 2012-07-05 17:50:19 -0500

The summer heat is upon us and the dog days of summer are still a month away..Walking and diet are a main staple along with insulin in controlling my diabetes..The early morning hours when the temperature is still cool I leave for out door chores around the house
By mid day the temperature already is getting uncomfortable..So on the advice of some members I picked up a recumbent exercise bike and I have moved my exercise indoors by the AC.
I was wondering what others are doing when the weather gets this hot and outdoor walks or jogging is no longer a good idea and it's hard to stay motivated to exercise in hot weather

25 replies

Jan8 2012-07-08 07:16:39 -0500 Report

I love to clean. By the time I get done vacuuming the entire house( and it is fairley large),and wiping down floors,windows and going up and down stairs to do the wash i figure that's enough.

Tony5657 2012-07-07 04:56:43 -0500 Report

Hey Old Biker, I also go for early morning "power walks" (walking as fast as I can) along our beautiful crystal clear, large tree lined, spring fed Comal River. The water is a constant 72 degrees, year 'round. I get out a little before daylight and it's usually just me, the cooler weather and the wild life … so sometimes I catch myself talking to the ducks & geese … LOL. Honestly some DO answer me in their "quack language." :o) But they're hard to understand, like my wife … don't comment on that.

I also have a stationary bike I use indoors and set the brake where that thing really gives me a workout. While on the bike I use a pair of dumbells, 6.5 lbs. each, that I use for my arms & shoulders. I've been doing this for almost 2 years now and feel so much better, not sluggish & tired like I used to feel.

Exercise, especially at first, really takes the dicipline & it may involve some "dread" BUT (and this is a BIG BUT) each day it gets easier and more rewarding & fun. Now I look forward to each early morning outing instead of dreading it. You have to expel some energy to receive more energy. It just works that way. OK, 'nuff preachin' from this ol' guy.
Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

old biker
old biker 2012-07-07 06:17:17 -0500 Report

Thanks Tony, Adding the dumbbells while on the bike is a great idea..Like you the more physically active I am the better I feel

CJ55 2012-07-06 23:50:15 -0500 Report

Old biker.. Sorry I hit the dislike key by mistake.. Liked your topic. The pool is a great place to do exercises especially in hot weather. I taught water aerobics for 5 years ages 35 youngest to 92 oldest. I am a licensed water aerobics Instructor. It's a great way to exercise without pain in your back, joints etc. you can do so many different exercises without swimming. For full benefit I recommend water level chest high. You can do jumping jacks, pretend you are jumping rope, moving arms in circles while jumping up and down. A great one is x-country skiing in water, jogging, walking backwards. Look up a website for water aerobics and it will give you a lot of options. Be sure to warm up with stretches (in water) and have a cool down period (in water) then after working out another stretching (in water). It is a fun way to keep moving. Also, drink while in the water. People think just because they are in the water they don't have to drink. Not True!! If you would like more info just let me know. Have a wonderful night.

old biker
old biker 2012-07-07 06:26:51 -0500 Report

Thanks CJ, water aerobic instructor, how very cool..Swimming runs in my family both my father and uncle where long distance swimmers..I can't remember my age when I didn't know how to swim

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-06 14:12:49 -0500 Report

Well since I would get arrested for taking my walk naked, I take a walk earlier in the day and vegetate in A/C the rest of the day. I stay hydrated both indoors and outside and I eat light meals.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-06 23:39:49 -0500 Report

Funny! That's always my husbands suggestion! I swear that man has no problems dropping drawers, he grew up on the beach literally and said it's what you do getting into and out of wetsuit for surfing, along with playing sports, so he said no big deal.

I mentioned his surgery below and it was funny as he hates hospitals I told dr he won't stay the night. Dr said reserved room just in case and I'm like "no, he'll walk." Well they couldn't get him to wake up due to bad drug reaction and when stabilized brought to recovery room and still not awake. I demanded to go in and said "sweetie" and he opened eyes ans said what, and the nurses just looked at me. Then he said had to use restroom and still out of it, he came out and started walking for the exit and the nurse and myself grabbed him and are like wait, your flapping in the wind! He said well, then get me to the car faster if it embarrased me. We joke as he has no memory of this.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-06 06:15:58 -0500 Report

Like you I'm an early bird will workout to my tapes and music in the early morning hours, like 5:30 am. Nice and cool!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-06 00:34:51 -0500 Report

Pool exercises and my hubby adds skating as he is a hockey player, me I never learned how to skate without holding on to him, it's not my thiing, but will go to the rink and sit and watch them work out.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-06 20:10:01 -0500 Report

Red I spent a lot of time in Annapolis and my family's home is a mile from a state park with a beach that overlooks the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. As teenagers the Park Manager let us get in for free because he was a neighbor and he knew we would not be a problem. We were on the beach everyday and we walked. The thing is I never learned to swim. In High School, a girl dove into the pool when we were learning to float and hit me. She knocked the wind out of me and I hit the bottom of the pool. I was terrified of the pool after that and would not get in it. I have to add learning to swim to my bucket list.

old biker
old biker 2012-07-07 06:40:28 -0500 Report

That's a terrifying feeling for even an experienced swimmer..Anyone who has ever done any body surfing on big waves knows what you went through..Not a fun feeling

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-06 23:20:29 -0500 Report

Oh you don't have to swim, but learning how would be great and add to the exercise. You can stay in the shallow end it should only be about waist deep when standing. Hold on to the side and kick legs, front, back(turn over) and to the sides, run from side to side. You can add arm/leg weights. There are alot of exercises that can be done in the pool without swimming. Local pools even have classes and supply all that is needed for those of us who are older and don't want to do laps, so don't be terrified other's around you will NOT let you drown. Try it once and see how it goes, easier if not with kids so the splashing and yelling isn't there, but kids will also help you. You can also on the internet look up pool exercises.

I know you can do it and will overcome your fear, I have faith in you!

MewElla 2012-07-05 17:55:57 -0500 Report

I just put on my pedometer and get out to walk in the large stores each day…a/c on so I am cool and I walk till I meet my everyday goal. The roughest part is going from a/c to the outside to get my car, but I do this everyday.

old biker
old biker 2012-07-05 18:19:52 -0500 Report

Good for you.I have friends in Texas I stay in touch with..So I know how hot it gets out there..Walking the big stores is a great way to beat the heat

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-06 00:31:34 -0500 Report

Most malls let people do their walking before they open for buisness year round. You can also get some videos to change up the routine. The library has alot of good ones, if you don't see what you like in yours, then go on their site(you need your card) and search and put on hold and you will be notified when they come in. This saves you from buying them and allows for trying out all kinds of exercises. We got some bands at Walmart for $23.00 gold's gym. You hook over the top of door or under, etc and it has a dvd/chart to show you what to do, it's great. My hubby likes the heat and prefers to exercise in it, he has a whole gym set up in the garage and I'm constantly telling him to put an AC unit out there and he refuses, I don't like it and love my AC!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-06 20:06:03 -0500 Report

Some of the Malls here in Maryland will let you do that. Some have walking clubs. It is also a good way to window shop and not spend any money. The stores aren't open so you save a fortune.

I looked at those bands in Wal-Mart and thought about buying them. I changed my mind. In a house that is over 100 years old I don't want to do that because I am afraid to damage the door or it coming off damaging me. I can read the report now. Woman exercising gets knocked out by door. I would never live that one down…LOL.

My dream is to be able to afford a personal trainer. Then I can go to Planet Fitness and work out on a regular basis.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-06 23:26:47 -0500 Report

That is too funny!! Just tell them your doing weight lifting using door off hinges:) Try the bands that are rubber and very long and straight and flat. You can do alot of the same things with them. When my hubby had sholder surgery he was given the different colors(each has a different strenght) and he just looped it around the treadmill handle, then later let it slid down to base and did leg exercises.

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