How We Stay Active {and Cool} in the Summer Heat

Summer is finally in full swing, and I couldn’t be happier. This is absolutely my favorite time of year, and where we live in the suburbs of Philly, summertime always seems way too short so I’m trying to soak up every hot, sweaty minute of it!

It’s also the time of year when I tend to be most consistent with my running because the weather isn’t as fickle, and I don’t have to spend so much time layering up and preparing to survive the elements.

Of course, summertime running also requires its own specific gear, but fortunately it’s much simpler than wintertime gear.

While my girls don’t share my passion for running, they’re both active in their own ways. It’s important to us all to feel healthy and strong, so I asked them to join me for a post with Under Armour to talk about the performance gear that will keep you cool and comfortable this summer, no matter what your activity of choice.

Becca is my youngest, and she loves to play basketball and swim. Hardly a day goes by that she doesn’t spend some time outside shooting hoops, and her dad or brother often join her when they’re around.

She actually has a lot of Under Armour in her closet, as she usually wears activewear several days a week. When I told her she could pick out a new outfit, she went right to these reversible mesh shorts.

She has a couple pairs already, but they were getting small for her, so this was perfect timing… especially considering that marching band camp (which is outdoors in the mid-day heat) starts up next month.

She also chose this short sleeve graphic tee in the bright orange and these Breathe trainers.

These sneakers are super lightweight and breathable with their soft, stretchy bootie-like construction and molded sockliner.

Caroline is our middle child, and she stays active walking the dog around our neighborhood several times a day.

I’m telling you, this dog KNOWS when it’s time for a walk — or at least she recognizes the invitation. She gets almost as excited about a walk as she does a treat.

Caroline is wearing the HeatGear capris and a Run Track tank top.

We actually ended up swapping tops when our order came in because she liked the Run Track tank top, and I prefer the fit of the crossback top.

Both tops are perfect for all kinds of summertime activities, but this Run Track tank top is actually made of mineral-infused fabric that absorbs the energy your body emits and reflects it back into your tissues and muscles to help improve your strength and endurance. I mean, who wouldn’t want that when they’re exercising!?!

It’s supposed to fit close to the body without being tight, and it runs true to size. Caroline is wearing the small, but she could go with an XS. It also pairs perfectly with the HeatGear high support sport bra.

We all fought over her shoes, but I like how the teal pops against the rest of her neutral outfit, so she got to wear them.

These are the UA HOVR Sonic 2 running sneakers, and these shoes are designed for runners who need flexibility, cushioning, and versatility. They also have UA’s Record Sensor™ technology that tracks and stores your running metrics. Pretty clever!

As for me, I decided to update my summer running wardrobe, which is long overdue.

This crossback top is really fun — it has a nice relaxed fit with a flattering cut through the waist. I’m wearing the small but would probably prefer the medium for extra room in the chest area. Otherwise, the small fits fine.

I’m loving these running shorts as an alternative to the spandex shorts I usually run in. They’re moisture-wicking with breathable mesh side panels and a built-in brief for enhanced coverage, plus they have front hand pockets with a hidden back storage pocket. I’m wearing the medium, for reference.

They come in a bunch of different colors, but I kept it simple with the solid black. I’ll probably go back and buy a few other colors, now that I’ve tried them and know I like them. My current summer running shorts are like 8-10 years old, so they’re definitely due for an update.

My shoes are the UA HOVR Infinite — winner of 2019 Runner’s World “Recommended” Award. They’re also digitally connected with UA’s Record Sensor technology, and they’re designed for neutral runners who need flexibility and cushioning.

I typically wear a stability running shoe, but I like the cushioning in these. They’re incredibly lightweight and comfortable, so I’m going to try running in them a few times and see how they work for me.

Both Caroline and I are wearing the ArmourGrip no show tab socks with arch support and ventilation for breathability. They’re super lightweight, and the best part is, they stay put. There’s nothing worse than your no-show socks sliding down into your shoe in the middle of a run.

If you’re looking to update your summer performance gear, or need some for your kids, Under Armour has everything you need to support a healthy and active lifestyle and keep you fit, and to help you look good while doing it.

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