Much as we’re loving the hint of summer that Ireland’s getting at the moment, extra heat and humidity can be a bit of a pain, too.
If you’re a fan of exercising outdoors, be it running, cycling, walking or anything else, you’ll need to change up your choice of clothing come summer.
There’s nothing worse than having to stop every five minutes to fix slipping bra straps, brush your hair out of your eyes or remove yet another layer of clothing, so prepare for your next exercise session by choosing the right gear for the season. Staying cool and feeling comfortable will not only make your workout more enjoyable, but you’re likely to keep going for longer.
Here are a few summer workout essentials to add to your arsenal…
1. A headband
Even with your hair tied up, humidity means you’ll be more prone to flyaways, so keep it all off your face with a non-slip headband like this retro-style Nike one.
Nike Womens Pro Headband, €16, Life Style Sports
2. A lightweight tank
Forget clingy fabrics and straps that chafe with a loose and light running tank top. This Adidas one is ultra-breathable, and we love the coral colour.
Adidas Womens Hi5 Tank, €20, Life Style Sports
3. A breathable sports bra
Breathability is as important as fit when it comes to choosing a sports bra for summer exercise, and it’s worth investing in a good one. Look for one with lightweight or mesh panels to avoid sweat pooling on your back or between/under your boobs… cos we all know that ain’t pretty.
Amoena White Mesh Performance Sports Bra, €39, Debenhams
4. Light runners
Avoid sweaty, achy feet with a pair of runners specially designed to ventilate feet and keep them cool as you run.
Adidas ClimaChill Ride Boost, €120, JD Sports
5. Non-cotton leggings
Go for leggings or pants in breathable fabric that won’t leave you feeling overheated when the sun comes out. These Dunnes ones are great value.
Matt & Shine Leggings, €25, Dunnes Stores
6. Running shorts
If you prefer shorts over leggings, go for a pair with moisture-wicking fabric and a good fit. This UnderArmour pair are perfect for indoor and outdoor exercise. If its tight fitting shorts you find comfy, check out this run down of the best crossfit shorts available
Under Armour Womens Perfect Pace Shorts, €25, Life Style Sports
7. Non-slip headphones
Avoid having to pop your earbuds back in every two minutes by going for a specially designed pair of sports earphones that’ll stay secured.
Philips Sports Headphones, €14.99, Argos