I know it’s hot outside.
That means you’d really rather spend your time inside, with the comforts of air conditioning and cold drinks at hand.
But if you can help it, don’t let this heat wave keep you from being active.
Let me put it this way — if I can do it, just about anyone can.
If I’m honest, I was never the most athletic or most active kid growing up. Given that I grew up in Moab, an active person’s paradise, that might sound strange, until you remember that it’s often 105 degrees outside in June and July. Once the monsoon season hits and the swamp cooler stops working as well, there’s no escaping the misery.
But I still managed to at least get some exercise. I used to ride my bike down to the local pool fairly regularly, and trips to the local swimming hole and the river were pretty common.
When I got to my adult years, I became pretty much completely sedentary. Sure, I’d get outside, but it was often for no other reason than to eat a Frito pie at a baseball tournament in New Mexico, or to meander along the boardwalk on the beach in California with an ice cream cone in hand. Not the most active or healthiest of pursuits.
But over the past year or so, I’ve found myself becoming much more active, even though it may require some concessions to the hot weather. Just this past weekend, a friend and I headed out to Utah Lake and spent the afternoon floating around in an inflatable canoe.
OK, maybe that wasn’t exactly active. I was mainly sitting in the front with one of those aforementioned cold drinks while my friend rowed. But it was a heck of a lot better than sitting inside watching TV all day.
This weekend also included 18 holes of golf with another good friend of mine. That was certainly active. One only has to see my scorecard to see just how active I had to be, as a matter of fact. My golf game requires a lot of swings and a lot of hikes into the trees to find my wayward drives and approach shots. So that has to count for something. Also, getting up for a 6 a.m. tee time to avoid the heat requires a little bit of ambition (or is it insanity?).
I also recently picked up soccer again. Granted, it’s indoors, so it doesn’t really fit my narrative of trying to convince people not to let the heat get the best of them. But large metal buildings do tend to get pretty hot inside, AstroTurf is hard on ankles, knees and hips, and I did have to play a doubleheader this weekend, so I got my workout in for sure.
So, even though it may be hot, there are ways to stay active. And if I can find the motivation to do it in this heat, anyone can.
Darren Vaughan is a veteran sports writer from Moab, Utah. His house doesn’t have air conditioning, so maybe that’s why he’s so willing to go outside when it’s hot. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.