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Running is often the summer activity of choice for those of us who want to tone up before bearing all in a bikini on holiday, especially when you’re watching the pounds in your pocket as well as the pounds on the scales! It costs nothing, other than some decent running shoes, and gets you out in the fresh air on a regular basis. There are, however, some risks associated with summer running which are worth being aware of. Take a look at our top five tips to ensure that you’re fully benefiting from your running and keeping healthy at the same time…

1. Keep Hydrated
Hydration is key to your performance as a runner. Making sure that you take on lots of water before, during and after your run will stop fatigue, cramping and heatstroke. For ultimate hydration, consider buying an Accapi Photonizer Bottle Cover for your drink. The special fibres used in the material contain mineral particles which encourage water to work much more efficiently with your body’s cells. It improves hydration, speeds up and optimises the absorption and digestibility of nutrients and stimulates diuresis, resulting in a more rapid elimination of waste products. All this from a bottle cover!

2. Shield Yourself from the Sun
Sunburn can occur after just ten minutes in the sun, even in the UK! While it can be hard to avoid the rays, especially if you’re committed to training, there are things you can do to protect yourself from the ill effects of too much sun: cover up well with loose clothing, sunglasses and a hat. Sunscreen, with both UVA and UVB protection and a factor no lower than 15, should be applied 30 minutes before going out and then generously and regularly throughout the day.

3. Stay Cool
Running can be a sweaty business and wearing the right clothing will not only be more comfortable but will also help to keep you dry and cool. Find items that aren’t too tight or too baggy and opt for synthetic fibres which help draw moisture away from the skin. offers a wide variety of cooling running clothing including Saucony’s Lady Hydrator Short Sleeve T-Shirt, which is made from fabric with superior moisture wicking qualities, and the Nike Lady Dri-Fit Tech Running Tights, which have zoned venting to increase air flow in key areas and keep you extra cool.

4. Be Realistic
Summer is a great time for that extra fitness or weight loss push, but you aren’t going to shed stones in just a few days. If you’re serious about your goal, build a training programme and stick to it for a good few months! Remember that eating healthily and getting regular exercise is the best way to lose weight and keep in mind other factors when assessing how well you’re doing- has your general mood improved? Are you more lively?

5. Have Fun
No matter what your motivation, running should not be a chore! Investigate the most scenic routes in your area and organise running with friends. Or, treat yourself to some new music on your iPod and save it especially for your training sessions. Finding ways to combine running with your favourite activities will mean you look forward to it all the more!

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