Ten Ways to Beat the Summer Heat if You Love the Outdoors

The summer in New Orleans can be unimaginably hot, so getting outside may be a little harder mid-day. Here are some tips for making the heat and humidity a little more bearable in the summer.

1. Hydrate Extra before and during your workout
The heat will definitely increase the amount you sweat, so plan ahead and double up on your water intake throughout the day. The more you sweat, the more water you lose so extra hydration is key in avoiding dehydration. Also, bring ice water with you. There is nothing better than doing reps, sets, sprints, and intervals with ice cold water in between. To decrease your body temperature, you can pour water on your head or neck.

2. Workout in your wicks
Wicking clothing are lightweight and breathable. Wicking clothes will pull water away from your body making you feel cooler. A baseball cap or a wicking cap will keep the sun off your face.

3. Cool off before you start
Starting a workout in the heat will be easier if you are more willing to be warm. So cool off before. A cold shower or room can be chilly which will motivate you to warm up for your workout.

4. Workout in cooler places
Finding a shady trail or covered area will block the sun and  help you avoid a direct source of heat.

5. Exercise at cooler times of the day
In New Orleans, the morning (anytime before 6am) will be a cooler time for you to crank out an outdoor workout. After 6am, your next cool window starts around 7:30 pm, so plan your workouts around the temperature if you crave that outdoor experience.

Although it is summer in New Orleans, the outdoors increases endorphins, and the sun is a good source of vitamin D. So go outside. Gear up, hydrate, and prepare to sweat in the humid heat of NOLA.

If you’re not an outdoor lover, or the heat is too hot to handle, Higherpowernola has an awesome air-conditioned yoga and cycle studio both Downtown and in Mid City. Find your high


Revolutionize Your Resolutions

With the new year already a week underway, the daunting reality of actually completing all those optimistic resolutions we made for ourselves at the end of 2015 is likely to be settling in. Richard Wiseman, a British psychologist surveyed 3,000 people and discovered that 88% of them failed to complete their new year’s resolutions. Not a very comforting statistic, is it? So, how exactly do we complete our resolutions? Perhaps there needs to be a shift in how we are thinking about our goals. Instead of viewing healthier eating or more exercise as finite objectives, would it not be better to perceive them as habits we want to develop? As I am sure most of you already know, habits are hard to break into. But lasting change is absolutely possible as long as you set yourself up for success. Here are few ideas on how to do that:

Start Small

Although 2016 may seem like the perfect time to start meditating daily, attend cycling class five days a week, AND become a marathon runner, you may be in over your head. You will do yourself a favor if you pick one of these goals and make it as specific as possible. Also, it is important to identify your starting point in addition to your finish line. Perhaps you already hop on the saddle once a week—why not plan to go twice a week throughout January? Although a two days/week exercise routine doesn’t sound as glamorous as five days, remember, habits take time to develop. Once your body starts craving that second day of exercise to maintain sanity, you can start experimenting with three days, and then four days, and maybe after a few months you will cycle five days in a row and decide that four is actually an amount better suited for your lifestyle. Just remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither are your new year’s resolutions.

Get Support from Others

There is nothing more valuable than a friend who loves you enough to give you a good kick in the ass. Saying no to all of your co-workers begging you to grab a cold beer with them after work is over so that you can say yes to cycling in the evening will be incredibly difficult unless you have a friend to keep you accountable. This is why it is important to enlist a few people you trust to stand by your side as you work towards change. This is also why we are asking you to team up with two-three other people for our Higher Power Resolution Challenge! It is always easy to get away with eating your dessert when you know no one is watching but it is 10 times more difficult when your best friend or partner is hiding all of the cookies from you.

Be Patient with Yourself

This can sometimes be the hardest part of the challenge. If it is only week one of the year and you have already skipped going to the gym a few days, do not quit! The game is not over until you pull the plug. Ask yourself, what is preventing me from achieving my goals? Perhaps you created too many goals for yourself or your goal fails to fit into your current routine. Try scaling back a little and re-framing your intentions. If you are finding that the thought of exercise after work is absolutely exhausting, try practicing in the morning before work or hit the gym on the weekend. Just make sure that the goal you set for yourself is realistic for your schedule and your lifestyle.