When temperatures soar, it can be tough to get fired up for a workout. When it’s hot, even the same pace feels tougher. But there’s good reason to keep your training on track through September.
In the near term, braving the heat of the moment can give your fitness a boost. But it can also have benefits that will last long after the seasons change. “There are both physiological and psychological adaptations to training in the heat,” says exercise physiologist and running biomechanist Adam St. Pierre, owner of ASTP Coaching in Boulder, Colorado. Sure, you can avoid the heat of the day by running early in the morning or late in the evening. “But you lose out on the benefits of heat training,” St. Pierre says.