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How To Beat The Heat And Still Exercise During Summer

If you’re new to the Atlanta area…welcome! In case no one has warned you, this city tends to heat up during summertime. A lot. Like, more than you really need it to; extremely high temps for weeks (months) at a time. Africa-hot, really.

And that’s without Georgia’s oppressive humidity factored in.

The heat makes it hard to exercise outdoors in Atlanta; even walking becomes difficult. But there are alternatives that allow you to exercise without even trying:


  • GO HIKING. There are so many trails in the N. Georgia mountains that are shaded by tree canopies, offering much cooler temperatures than you’ll find on a sidewalk or asphalt. Our Appalachian foothills also provide a better chance for the occasional refreshing breeze. Kennesaw Mountain is right at our back door, and Dahlonega is just a short drive northward.


  • WALK AT THE MALL. You certainly don’t have to worry about overheating by taking a spin or two around an indoor mall! Doors to most malls in the area tend to open a couple of hours before many of the stores do; call your favorite mall to check the door opening hours.


  • ATTEND A FESTIVAL. On the weekends, check the local newspapers and find out what sort of indoor or outdoor festivals are scheduled. Another good resource to find out what’s going on is municipal websites. Walking around at a festival still counts as exercise!


  • HEAD TO STONE MOUNTAIN. If you enjoy the nightly laser show at Stone Mountain Park, arrive an hour or two early, and either walk or rent a bike for some great views at the base of our giant chunk of granite, and relax afterwards on a blanket to enjoy the laser light display.


  • THE POOL IS COOL. Even if you don’t live in a swim & tennis community, there are plenty of city and county pools around Woodstock, Canton, Kennesaw, Roswell and Alpharetta that you can use. If you aren’t a swimmer, try simple leg kicks while hanging on to the side of the pool. Walking in the shallow end is a great resistance exercise, too!