Let's face it, working out is hard work. It takes planning, organizing, tracking your progress and lots of time. And in the summer, it can be even more difficult when you're planning around vacations, dealing with the torrid heat, feeling the sun beating down on you and the increased risks of being in the heat and sun. But you can make your summer fitness routine and all of your summer walking a whole lot easier and more efficient when you choose Alegria's TRAQ athletic shoes and sandals. Read on to learn the challenges of summer exercise and how TRAQ shoes can help keep you on track even in the hottest summer months!
What's So Different About Exercising in the Summer?
The summer months bring all of the things that help you take your fitness goals outdoors: warm weather, plenty of sunlight and fresh air. But the deeper you get into summer the warmer the temps go and the brighter the sunlight. This can bring increased risks if you're not careful when you're exercising outdoors.
The three major risks are:
- Heat exhaustion. This is a serious condition that results from your body trying to keep up with excess heat.
- Excess sweat. While your body works hard to keep you cool you sweat more and may become dehydrated.
- Electrolyte depletion. You lose more than just water with sweat; you also lose sodium and electrolytes.
These conditions can sneak up on you before you know it, so it's important to recognize the signs. When you're exercising outside, even if you're just taking a walk, some of the symptoms to watch for include:
- Muscle cramps
- Muscle weakness
- Clammy skin
If you feel any of these, stop exercising and seek the advice of a qualified medical professional.
What Can You Do to Avoid Heat-Related Illness in the Summer?
You don't have to ditch the outdoor exercise altogether. You can stay safe while keeping up with your fitness routines by staying aware of how you're feeling and taking some simple actions.
5 Tips for avoiding heat-related illness include:
- Stay hydrated. Drink water and always have extra water with you.
- Replace lost electrolytes. You lose salt and electrolytes when you sweat. Consider keeping sports drinks or snacks on hand to replenish your electrolytes.
- Schedule workouts during cooler parts of the day. Try an early morning or late evening workout to avoid extreme temperatures.
- Monitor your heartrate. Know your target heart rate and cool down if you exceed it.
- Don't forget your sunscreen. Protect all exposed skin, especially on your face, neck and arms.
How Does Wearing the Right Shoe Help Protect You in the Summer?
The right shoes and the right fit can do more for your workout than just keep you comfortable. You may already know how important the right fit can be, but did you know that it's even more important when you exercise? Choosing the right fitness shoe includes finding the right fit, the right type and knowing when to replace the shoes.
Part of the challenge of wearing the right shoes in the summer months or any time you're working out is getting the support you need while still allowing for swelling in your feet that happens when the foot warms up. Working out itself causes slight swelling, but add excess heat and that swelling can be worse. You need a shoe that has a little give without losing the support.
The warmer your foot gets, the more likely you'll be to sweat. Wearing a shoe that allows your foot to breathe can help reduce foot sweat and keep you from sliding around in your shoe. Less foot sweat also helps you prevent conditions like athlete's foot.
Another challenge for summer footwear is the wear and tear it takes from heated surfaces like blacktop, tennis courts and even hot sand. This can wear down the outsole of your shoe and make it less reliable and supportive. If you're an avid runner or walker, you may also keep track of how many miles you put on your shoes so you can avoid wearing shoes that are no longer supportive.
How Can TRAQ Shoes Help Decrease the Risks of Heat-Related Illness?
Whether you're running or walking outside, shock absorption helps decrease discomfort and may help prevent injury, not just to your foot but also to ankles, legs, knees and hips. Alegria uses a perfectly engineered polyurethane material with a supportive, ergonomic design in each TRAQ shoe outsole to provide ultimate shock absorption and arch support. TRAQ athletic shoes and select styles of TRAQ sandals also feature a removable insole, or footbed, constructed of layers of cork, polyurethane and memory foam that absorbs shock and keeps you and your foot feeling great while you walk and workout.
Staying cool and reducing sweat are two more aspects of summer fitness that are particularly important to foot health. TRAQ sandals like the Qali and the Qeen are supportive while also providing excellent air circulation to help keep feet cool. TRAQ athletic shoe styles like the Qarma, the Qest and the Qutie also feature great ventilation through Dream Knit and Dream Fit uppers. The Dream Knit and Dream Fit fabrics help whisk away sweat and keep your foot cooler and drier while providing maximum breathability.
All these TRAQ styles give you excellent support but also remain flexible. Because your foot naturally expands due to heat and activity, you need a little added flexibility. But TRAQ shoes help keep you comfortable and supported in the summer months, especially the styles with Dream Knit and Dream Fit flexibility.
One of the key features that makes TRAQ shoes so great is the embedded Q-chip that counts your every step in real-time and sends the info to your free TRAQ smartphone app. Not only does this help you keep track of all your running and walking activity, it's a built-in way to keep track of how many exercise miles you've put on your shoes. TRAQ shoes count your distance traveled so you know if you're getting close to replacement time, although with TRAQ shoes you may be able to put more miles on them than the average workout shoe because of the superior and outstanding construction and design! But more importantly, you'll be able to track your time in the heat and sun and reduce your risk of heat-related illness.
Stay safe while you're out and about this summer! Choose Alegria's TRAQ shoes to stay on track with your fitness goals and make healthy strides towards completing your fitness goals. And don't forget to check out all of the other fabulous styles of Alegria athletic shoes for men and women, too!