6 Accessories You Need Before Exercising in the Sun

By , SparkPeople Blogger

Unfortunately, you can't "roll-over" workouts like you can phone minutes. To stay in shape, lose weight or maintain weight, you have to do the work and do the work often. This can mean swims in chilly water, walks in snow flurries or runs, bike rides and outdoor yoga sessions in the high humidity and heat of summer.

While you can't predict the weather, you can prepare for it. When the heat and stickiness of summer threaten to put a damper on your outdoor workout, fight back with the right attire and accessories to keep you cool.

Columbia Sportswear Bora Bora Booney II Sun Hat (starting at $24.47)

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Summer is a great time to explore all that nature has to offer, and hiking is a great way to get in exercise while taking some time to discover the road less traveled. As the days get longer (and hotter), though, you're going to want to make sure you have your head, face and neck protected from the elements.

This hat from Columbia does double-duty, protecting you from the sun with its wide brim and built-in SPF 50. Its sweat-wicking band and mesh vents will keep your head nice and cool throughout the day, as well.

Hydrosleeve Hands-Free Armband Hydration Pack ($38.97)

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A new way to hydrate during a long walk, bike ride, hike or run, this hands-free bottle attaches to your arm and holds 7.5 ounces of fluid that stays cool thanks to its therma-cool insulator. Just move your arm up toward your mouth and bite down on the angled valve to dispense water. The band can be used on either arm and features a slosh-proof bladder that is BPA- and PVC-free. Plus, the entire package comes with two bladders, two valves and one armband, so you'll have backups if needed.

Thirty 48 Ultralight Athletic Running Socks (starting at $9.98)

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Keep your feet cool when the weather is scorching with a pair of Thirty 48 ultralight running socks. With no seams to annoy you while you run, walk, hike or bike, these socks also promise to fit according to your foot anatomy, so they won’t slide around either. Moisture-wicking, lightweight mesh material keeps your feet from overheating and sweating too much. Available in six colors and with a pull tab at the ankle for easily putting them on and taking them off, these will become your go-to summer workout socks.

Sun Bum Baby Bum Sunscreen ($12.76)

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Don't let the title fool you: Baby Bum sunscreen by Sun Bum is great for anyone, particularly those with sensitive skin. Cover every inch of exposed skin while exercising outdoors with this SPF 30 lotion to avoid having sunburn ruin your evening plans. Hypoallergenic, pediatrician-approved, paraben-free and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, you can lather up and sweat it out for a full hour without having to reapply or worry about a reaction. This sun lotion is also not tested on animals and will not harm the ocean reefs.

COOLOO Headbands ($7.99)

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These headbands from COOLOO come two to a pack, so you can always have one in the wash and one ready for your workout. Available in four different color combinations, the headbands are made of a material that is soft, stretchy, sweat-absorbing, breathable and quick-drying. They are machine washable and come with a 12-month guarantee that you're going to love.

Solemates Blister Blocker ($12.99)

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The wetter and sweatier your feet are, the more likely you are to suffer from painful foot or ankle blisters due to friction created from your shoes or socks rubbing against your skin. Prevent the blisters before they start with Solemates Blister Blocker. The non-greasy, chemical-free balm glides on smoothly and is safe and gentle to use. It won't leave any residue on your feet, shoes or socks, so feel free to use with abandon and with one less worry as you head outdoors for summer fun.

What accessory do you swear by during the summer?

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Thank you Report
good article Report
Stay hydrated and use sunscreen, SparkFriends. Baby, it's hot outside. Report
Thanks for the information. This is helpful. Report
A Chill its dew rag too bad I can't find it this year Report
@SOFT_VAL67 - Not everyone has a vitamin D deficiency and some people, like me, live in areas where the UV index reaches extreme levels almost every day. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation can cause skin cancer, premature ageing, DNA damage, eye damage and immunosuppression. It's best to avoid exercising outdoors between 10-4 but if you don't have that option it's good to know ways to protect yourself from the heat and UV radiation.

So I would add sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection to this list if you are exercising outside. They don't need to be high end I have a cheap pair with plastic frames that protect my eyes. Report
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why would anyone want to block out the rays of the HEALTHY sunlight???you need vitamin d to thrive.
do some research and find healthy natural alternatives to the chemical laden sunscreens that will block your ability to produce vitamin d. and limit your time in the direct sunlight to a healthy amount. this is my personal opinion based on my own vitamin d deficiency syndrome. you would rather deal with a little sunburn than broken bones due to low vitamin d....believe me.
all good items to have when being physical outside. Report
great ideas Thanks Report
UV blocking wrap arounds! Report
good advise Report
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I like the balm I think I got one another brand from Dick's at Christmas time and it's soothing. Report
Have a care if you aren't healthy! My post-stroke husband cannot overheat, no matter the cause. Report
Great suggestions Report
This was a very helpful blog!!!! Report
thanks for the info Report
I love the SPF sun hats Report
Wicking fabrics for socks & tanks make a huge difference in whether I can walk in temps above even 70. They're awesome for heavy out-of-shape exercisers, not just fit runners! Believe me, I know! Report
What a great article with so many helpful suggestions! I am certainly going to try some of them and show this article to my sister as well! Thanks! Report
This is a great article. Thanks for all the tips! Report
Very nice compilation of reviews. Thank you! Report
I love this! Thank you, so cool Report
I love the fact that Nichole uses these items and show pictures of them in use- and not when she is on the job! Report
Very helpful reviews from USED equipment that you "go-to" Nicole. Thanks!

I'm one of those "fair-weather" exercise people. It usually is the RAIN that gets to me most (wet through & through...not a lovely experience!). Report
I'm gonna have to try the headbands! Thanks for sharing! Report
Thx for sharing! Report
In a previous blog you had mentioned working out in wool. I bought a wool jersey and found that its great for working out, even during the summer. I alternate the wool jersey with other synthetics. For me, the wool is as comfortable as my UnderArmour. And I love my UnderArmour jerseys.

Thanks for the HTC picture. Brings back memories. Report
Since I live in Florida it is warm out almost all the time (except for two weeks in February). We can swim in the outdoor pool in our complex from March to November, and sometimes even in December. In August the pool is sometimes like a hot tub! We do most of our activities with our grandkids, so we are always aware of cautions and sun screen and head coverings. Enjoy those warm days! Report
I live in a climate that is pretty hot and humid in the summer, and I do spend a lot of time outdoors. When it is the worst I might stay in and use the treadmill or do a DVD but I think that being outside makes us happier and healthier, and I do think that we can get acclimated to that. I do notice that I can't go as fast when it is super hot out. Report
I've recently read that freezing plastic water bottles is as dangerous as heating plastic up in microwave. Is that true?
Love all your workut clothes and ideas! Report
I love these cool workout clothes & gear !!! Report