This 10 Ways To Get 10k Steps When It’s Hot Out post is sponsored by Mirum, but opinions expressed are my own.
Pete and I take a walk every day when he gets home from school. It’s a great way for us to spend a little bit of time together while also achieving our daily step goals. Here in North Carolina, it gets hot starting in March and stays that way through Halloween. So we really have to be a little creative when we’re trying to get our steps in. You too? We put together 10 ways to get 10k steps when it’s hot out so that you can still hit your fitness goal when all you want to do is eat ice cream in the air conditioning.
10 Ways To Get 10k Steps When It’s Hot Out
1. Walk early or at night.
It’s so hot here in the peak of the afternoon. Pete and I would walk at that time and the sweat would be dripping off our faces and into our eyes. Yes, sweat. I know, they say women don’t sweat, they glisten. But on these walks, I was not glistening. I was sweating. I started walking late at night, after the sun had gone down, and it was a lot better for me.
A lot of fitness trackers have waterproof versions, so you can wear it in the pool. When it’s hot out, all I really want to do is go swimming, so being able to get close to my 10,000 steps while cooling in the pool is a great idea. If you have a pool at your housing complex or gym, see if there are classes. There is a water aerobics class here three days a week. I never go, but two people in my weekly challenges go and I see them getting a ton of steps without even breaking a sweat!
3. Go shopping.
I remember the first day it got really hot here, my mom asked me if I wanted to walk at the mall with her. It was really hot, so it was nice to escape in the air conditioning. We walked down each wing of the mall, sort of window shopping but mostly just getting steps. Our mall here is only one floor but has a bunch of wings, so my mom made us do two laps in order to squeeze out a few more steps.
4. Join a team.
Adult leagues are a great way to get in some exercise — and get some adult bonding time too. Since most games and practices happen after everyone gets out of work, it’s a lot cooler. When the sun goes down, let your steps go up. If you’re not really into team sports like softball, maybe try bowling. It’s a good game, plus it’s in the air conditioning.
5. Go to a game.
I’ve been to so many summer baseball games in my lifetime. We always bought the cheap seats, so there were a ton of stairs between the ticket taker and our seat. Plus, we would have to park so far away too. Just getting to your seat could get you a few thousand steps. And then going back and forth between the bathroom and the food line could get you some more too.
6. Head to the gym.
There’s a good chance your gym is air conditioned. So instead of doing your workouts outside, running sprints in your backyard, run on a treadmill inside your gym. It’s not the same, and you don’t get the same fresh air, but you will get your steps in.
7. Jump rope.
Pete loves jumping rope. You can actually burn more calories from jumping rope than running, so it’s a good way to be able to work out a little less. The less you can do in the heat, the better off you’ll be.
8. Do chores.
This is one of my tips for when I’m trying to get steps in winter, when it’s too cold to go out. But it works for summer too. Do your chores. Vacuuming is a great way to get steps in your air conditioned home. So is laundry. I will fold a portion of clothes (my shirts, Pete’s socks, etc.) and put them away before folding and putting another portion away.
9. Host a party.
We host summer BBQ’s almost every week. And when football season starts, everyone we know comes over on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday. It’s fun, but it’s also a lot of work for me. From the second people start coming until the second they leave, I’m cleaning up. And, of course, there’s the last minute cleaning and setting up too. Those steps really add up.
10. Go to the park.
When it’s hot out, you usually want to find the shade. So many of our local parks are filled with tree covering. We’re able to go, walk outdoors, get some fresh air and sunshine, but still spend our time in the shade.
What do you do to get 10,000 steps when it’s hot out?
No matter what you do, you want to make sure you are prepared. Carry water with you, wear a sweat towel, and use a deodorant that can keep you dry in the heat.
You’ll want to pick a deodorant that fits your lifestyle. If you’re more active in the heat, you’ll want something different than if you are wearing your little black dress on date night. Check out the list below to help you decide what product is best for you:
- Prevents Marks: Avoid sweat stains and white marks with Dove Men Invisible Dry Spray, Degree Women, Black & White Dry Spray, and Axe Signature Gold Dry Spray.
- Clinical Protection: Get prescription strength protection with Dove Men+Care Clean Comfort Clinical, and Degree Shower Clean Clinical.
- Care – Find gentle care with Dove Advanced Care – Soothing Chamomile, and Dove Men+Care Cool Fresh.
- Motion Activated: Stay fresher, longer with Degree Women Fresh Energy, Degree Men Black & White.
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