Walking Women I’m absolutely thrilled to introduce Emily Goodin, today’s guest blogger. Emily is a personal stylist with Nashville-based personal shopping company Effortless Style. Emily has a passion (and genius I might add) for making the runway totally accessible to create personalized, signature looks for her clients. I asked Emily for her top tips on how to workout in our Southern summers and stay cool. Here’s her great advice, just for you!
The tips and tricks for fitting in a workout in the heat and walking away like it never happened!
Walking and exercising outdoors can be rewarding both mentally and physically. However, fitting in a workout on a busy schedule means that you may not always have the time to devote to your normal “getting ready” routine! And now that Summer is here and the temperatures are rising, you’ll need to be PREPARED to get through the heat with grace! Here are a few tips to looking HOT without looking like you’ve been in the heat!
TIPS FOR PREP!
Pack a gym bag of the following: Change of clothes and shoes, cool towel, water bottle, wet wipes, deodorant, freshening spray, and hair products.
My Style Favs!
Gym bags - I rotate between the latest, cute-patterned 99 cent tote from TJMaxx and my black duffle from back in my dance days. However, if you’d rather upgrade to something a little nicer and more efficient, the Procat duffle and the Dash & Albert Woven Bag are perfect for Summer gym totes!
Workout Outfit - I’m in love with Fabletics! Kate Hudson did an amazing job with this line of athletic clothes! From adorable patterned sets to mix and match separates...I can’t get enough! Color, patterns, mesh and strategic cut outs are IN. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles and let your personality show - even in your gym clothes!
Shoes - I tend to like a trail shoe instead of a typical running shoe or sneaker. Trail shoes have larger tread which provides better footing if you’re walking outdoors on uneven ground. My favorite is the Brooks Cascadia. However, it’s important to seek assistance in picking your shoe because everyone’s foot will require different arch support.
Cool towels - If you try the Froggy Toggs Super Chilly Cooling Towel , you will never leave home without it! This towel stays chilly in hot temps!
Water bottle/Hydration pack - I love my Camelbak! Since most of what I own is black, take a wild guess at the color of my hydration pack! Ha! However, they do make many styles in different colors. Water bottles with walking/running handles and belt packs are also great, hands-free options that make it easier to take your water with you!
Wet Wipes - I usually end up with the generic wet wipes, however if you plan on using these on a regular basis and packing them in your gym bag, you might want to consider individually wrapped organic wipes.
Deodorant - I love my Degree Ultra Clear!
Freshening Spray - My favorite light body mist is Bath & Body’s White Citrus
Hair Products - Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo takes away any oil left in the hair and refreshens your look!
TIPS FOR DURING YOUR WORKOUT Wear something that breathes! Many shorts and tops are becoming more efficient for you to wear less. Many workout tanks have built in bras so you don’t have to layer. Shorts with mesh lining can also help with breathability as you exercise.
Cool Towels are a godsend! - During your outdoor walk, it’s a good idea to place a temperature controlled, cooling towel on your neck to control your body temperature. (see above for recommended cool towel)
Carry chilled water -Drink chilled water frequently during your workout to stay cool and to keep your internal temperature under control. This will help reduce perspiration.
Incorporate these preparation tips into your daily routine and you’ll feel like you can CONQUER your day!
Happy Summer! Emily Goodin, Effortless Style