Runners need to take precautions when running in the heat and humidity. Follow these tips for how to dress properly for hot weather running.
Wear Synthetic-blend Clothing
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Avoid wearing cotton when running because it holds your sweat and doesn't dry quickly, which can lead to chafing
. Synthetic fabrics (such as CoolMax or Dri-Fit) wick moisture away from your skin so cooling evaporation can occur. Although the technical fabric running clothes may cost a little more, you'll appreciate the comfort -- especially during long runs.
Choose Running Socks Carefully
Don't wear 100% cotton socks during your runs. Your feet will most likely be sweating a lot, and cotton tends to keep your feet wet, which can lead to blisters
. Look for synthetic blends like those made from polyester, acrylic, or CoolMax, which are best at wicking away moisture.
More: Best Summer Running Socks
Light-colored, loose-fitting clothing will help your body breathe and cool itself naturally. Tight clothing restricts that process, and dark colors absorb the sun's light and heat. Light colors reflect the sun from your skin.
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A good pair of running sunglasses help protect your eyes from the sun's damaging rays. Also, wearing running sunglasses helps prevent headaches that come from squinting or exposure to bright light.