Summer Workout Checklist: 6 Items You Need for a Fit Summer

Long days and warm weather make summer a popular season for getting fit. But all that sunshine can sometimes make outdoor workouts feel miserable. Prevent yourself from overheating by investing in the right workout apparel. Make sure these six items are in your workout bag.

1. Lightweight, Moisture-Wicking Top

Heavy cotton shirts and tank tops will trap your sweat and weigh you down. Look for shirts made from lightweight fabric with moisture-wicking capabilities. Watch for shirts with built-in UPF protection to keep your skin safe from the sun's harmful rays.

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2. Lightweight Shorts

Spandex shorts and capris work well for a number of activities, but for the best chance of staying cool, look for a pair of lightweight running shorts. Made from nylon or polyester, running shorts are often airy and feature built-in-briefs for extra coverage. The airflow offered by these types of shorts make them perfect for outdoor summer workouts.

3. Stylish Sports Bra

Sorry, guys, this one is directed at the ladies. Today's selection of sports bras is more fun and fashionable than ever. Strappy backs, bright colors and intricate patterns all make shopping for a sports bra something to look forward to. Pick out a bra that complements your style, and on those dog days of summer dare to use your sports bra as your workout top.

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4. Sun Protection

Protect yourself from harmful rays by wearing sunglasses and an athletic cap or visor during your summer workouts. Don't forget to wear sunscreen, and keep an eye out for shirts with built-in UPF protection. Protecting your skin is vital in the summer.

5. Water

Staying hydrated during a workout is important year round, but the summer heat makes it especially easy to run low on fluids. Small, handheld water bottles or hydration packs can help you stay hydrated on long runs. A water bottle is a must-pack item for yoga in the park or other workouts that stay confined to one area.

6. Small Towel

If you tend to sweat heavily during workouts, prepare yourself for summer fitness with a small, absorbent towel, like a pack towel. Wiping away sweat can help you stay more comfortable and keep your clothes from getting soaked. As a bonus, you can wet the towel with cold water and use it to cool off after a warm workout.

What workout gear do you use for summer fitness?
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Lauren Seidl
Blogger at Sierra Trading Post
Lauren enjoys hiking, camping, climbing and exploring the outdoors. She's always up for trying something new, especially if it involves getting outside. When Lauren isn't out finding adventures in her home state of Colorado, she can be found writing as Sierra Trading Post's blogger.
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