Exercising on Rainy Days!

Dancing in the rain. There is nothing else like it. It’s one of my favorite things to do. It’s refreshing, liberating and just plain fun. I also feel the same about running in the rain. I get so excited when we have summer rains and I have the chance to run and run in the release of the clouds!

And of course, I think Gene Kelly felt the same when performing the Singing in the Rain scene.  My daughter hip hopped to this song in her recital two years ago, but I don’t think she would really enjoy doing so in the rain!

running in the rainHow about you? Are you the type that is thrilled from running in the rain? If you are not, that’s ok and you are probably like most people. My own boyfriend and I run all the time together, however, he does not enjoy running in the rain. A nice walk with an umbrella sure, but no running!

Most people think of rainy days as lazy days. They think of rainy days as cozying up on the couch and watching movies, reading a book, baking or starting a new project. But, if you love to exercise or are trying to get back into an exercise routine, don’t let the rain hold you back! Actually it seems that science suggests that running in the rain may be good for you, especially in the summer heat.

Here are some tips for you if you are going to try to run in the rain:

  1. Wear a hat. This can help shield the rain from hitting your face. I prefer not wearing a hat, but I know many people don’t enjoy the rain in their face.
  2. Wear older shoes that still have good traction. I always keep an old pair of sneakers around for rainy days because sneakers usually take too long to dry and I want my sneakers for the next day’s workout.
  3. Prevent overheating with proper attire. Many people like to wear a lightweight jacket so the rain does not touch their skin. However, this can cause overheating when you sweat. So be sure to wear something that wicks away the sweat for you. I personally prefer a tank top – I like the rain rinsing me off!
  4. Prevent chaffing. If you have any issues with chaffing, the rain can make this worse as clothes get wet. So, use petroleum jelly or something else to help.
  5. Be seen. Wear something reflective so others can see you clearly. The rain tends to make us blurry to others.
  6. Be aware: Puddles, rocks and other distractions can be dangerous if you are not aware of them. So, watch where you are running.
  7. Protect electronics. Fortunately, these days there are many tools you can buy that protect your phones or other electronic toys when in the rain.

So my advice, is to not let the rain hold you back from exercising. Whether you walk or run, you can still do so in the rain. Of course, there is always the gym. But, I would recommend to try running or waking in the rain. It seems to open up your senses a bit more and is very refreshing.