2. Keep Your CoolGet It
Data from two recent meta-analyses—including 42 experiments—shows that cooling the body can help improve a runner’s endurance. The UCSB and Jaybird researchers found that both precooling (cooling off before running) and percooling (cooling off while running) were effective—as long as you cool down by applying something chilly to your skin. It doesn’t just keep you comfortable during a stifling outdoor workout, it can actually boost your performance. Before a workout, sip ice-cold water and sit in air conditioning. Some elite athletes have been known to wear an ice vest, but an easier (not to mention cheaper) alternative is to invest in a cooling towel, like MISSION. Wet the towel with water mid-run, wring out the excess, then snap to activate. It cools to 30 degrees below average body temperature and stays cool for up to two hours. Drape it around your neck or head on particularly hot days.
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