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5 Fitness Must-Haves for Summer

06.20.2014

- By Caila Ball

Despite the rising temperature, you are still keeping your workout regimen going full force. Good for you: you didn’t work this hard all year for a beach body to have it stolen by a few pesky heat waves! 

With several hot months still ahead, though, it might be time to up your gear game with fitness clothing and accessories designed to beat the summer heat. Whether you are braving the summer heat with outdoor workouts, or toning your body in some highly air-conditioned fitness studios, check out our top five gear picks for summer fitness. 

1. Chill Out

As you increase your summer workout intensity, don’t forget the three most important rules of summer fitness: hydrate, hydrate and – what’s that third one again? – hydrate! Keep water ice cold in the face of high temperatures with the CamelBak Podium Big Chill. The water experts have upped the technology in their 25 oz . insulated sport water bottle to keep water cool twice as long as a standard bottle. What better excuse to workout longer? ($15) 

2. Beating Hearts

As the heat increases, so does your heart rate. Studies show that for every 1% of body weight lost by dehydration (read: sweating without replenishing), heart rate increases 7 beats per minute. Monitor your heart rate to keep it in a safe zone with the Garmin Soft Strap Premium Heart Rate Monitor. Pair the chest strap with a Garmin watch or other compatible device and stay heart healthy ($70).

3. Look Great

Even low-impact classes are bound to work up a sweat during the summer. Protect your hair from the daily wash cycle - while still keeping up appearances post-workout – with Pureology Dry Shampoo. Not only does it absorb oil from your locks, but the sulfate-free formula won’t strip color from chemically-treated hair. Grab one for your gym bag and another for your beach bag to combat the sweat wherever summer fun takes you ($24 for 4.2 oz. bottle).

4. Towel Off

Far from your average workout towels, EnduraCool Instant Cooling Towels by Mission activate some serious cooling properties when soaked in water. Thanks to some hyper-advanced design, the towels cool down to 30 degrees lower than the average body temperature, and regulate the rate of evaporation, which extends the cooling longer. Cool down from your next class or outdoor workout ($15).

5. Personal Workout Stylist

Looking for a little inspiration to keep the summer fitness going? Treat yourself to some stylish new fitness attire from Fabletics. Fill out a quick profile on your workout and lifestyle habits, and the subscription-based fitness attire service will start recommending new looks for you every month. Sweat-wicking, breathable fabrics make these outfits as functional as they are adorable, and all looks come with a stamp of approval from co-founder Kate Hudson ($25 for first two-piece outfit).

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