Why Do People Workout Outside During Triple Digit Heat?
Summer in El Paso is a fun time of year. You get into your car and spontaneously burst into flames because of the built up heat. If you survive the car-oven, you can see how well you can drive by tapping two fingers on the steering wheel to avoid burning the skin off the palms of your hands.
If you want to stay in shape, summer in El Paso is the time to do it. You can go for a run at midnight when it's only 80 degrees or you can do it in the middle of the day when, for some reason, all the white people seem to do it. Now, I'm saying white people because most Hispanics know that when the sun is out, you should be in the shade with a cold glass of water not working on your fitness.
It's not bad enough that non-Hispanics are walking or training for a marathon or a bike race in the middle of a triple digit day, they also seem to not own a baseball cap or a t-shirt and tend to expose the most amount of skin to fry under the blazing hot El Paso sun. Sometimes they even get their pups into the fun in the sun and take them on a ridiculously hot run as well. You should not do that. Period. If you can't put the back of your hand on a sidewalk or street your doggo will burn the hell out of their paws. Stay home. Both of you.
If you feel like working out during the day you should do it in a gym or at your home. You need to stay hydrated and take breaks to make sure you don't overheat. Above all, you shouldn't workout during the middle of the day when the sun is hottest. If you can find a green space with trees to workout in that would be helpful as well because the shade and grass will absorb some of the heat. Click here for more summer workout tips and for heaven's sake, exercise smarter, not hotter.