The Dos and Don’ts of Running in the Heat: Trick Yourself

It's one of the hottest summers on record—but I still need to get outside and exercise. How can I stay cool when I run?

Jul 9, 2012
Outside Magazine

Believing it’s not as hot out as it is can improve performance by lowering your rate of perceived exertion. In one study, cyclists who were told it was about 79 degrees when it was really 89 degrees rode half a mile farther than cyclists who knew the true temperature, and put out 16 more watts during a 30-minute time trial. This info, of course, won’t help you stay cool. But if you’re worried about performance in the heat, try not checking that weather app before heading out the door.

Filed To: Running, Fitness Coach

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