In order to get the most enjoyment our of your summer fitness walking sessions, you will need to tailor your clothing to the hottest temperatures. Choose ventilated sports clothes and footwear!
WEAR SUITABLE SHOES WHICH WILL ALLOW YOUR FEET TO BREATHE
If you want to practise fitness walking in summer, even on holiday, choose shoes which ensure proper foot motion, even in high temperatures. No point in wearing your lightest pair of sport shoes if they are not designed for fitness walking!
When it is hot, your feet will perspire more than usually, which is why you need to wick away as much perspiration as you can. This will make your fitness walking sessions more fun, so take care of your feet!
SOCKS ARE ESSENTIAL!
When it gets hot, you might want to take off your socks and go barefoot. This is not necessarily a good idea for your feet.
Cotton socks absorb perspiration and some pairs are designed to wick away perspiration, such as those made from polyamide, a ventilated material.
I'm sure you will have got the message: socks help keep your feet dry, but also prevent friction. There's no way you will want to go out on your next fitness walking session with blisters on your feet!
- An anti-friction tip: if your socks have internal seams, which could rub against your feet, turn them inside out. There are also creams designed especially to prevent friction.
CHOOSE LIGHT CLOTHES AND BRIGHT COLOURS
Dark colours absorb the heat, so avoid them! In the summer, your body temperature will increase during exertion and, in order to regulate it, you will also need to wear clothes that are as light as possible.
The perfect solution? A breathable sport T-shirt, to wick away perspiration, enabling great freedom of movement. When you perspire, moving your arms in the right way can quickly become painful, because of friction between your arms and your body.
Obviously, leave your tights at home and wear shorts or racing shorts! Your bottoms must not be too wide to avoid painful friction!
- A tip for keeping cool: dampen your top before you go walking, so that you can keep your body at its natural temperature as much as possible.
DON'T FORGET THE BASICS WHEN PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM THE SUN
It is not always easy to walk in the shade, so in order to avoid sunburn and prevent the risks of sunstroke, consider wearing a cap and sunglasses and apply sun cream to the most exposed parts of your body (face, neck, arms and legs).
You now have everything you need to go walking this summer, as long as you have also prepared properly for your next fitness walking session in the sun!