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I don't need to tell you that working out during the summer months can be hot and sweaty. Heck, sometimes the heat can be unbearable if you're indoors. Even if I find myself in a nice air-conditioned gym or studio, I can still feel the heat. Leaving a cool indoor space in your sweaty workout clothes in the dead of summer and getting a blast of hot air is just a jarring experience.
But the heat shouldn't get in the way of your workouts if you take the right precautions to make sure you're doing it safely and avoiding dehydration, heat exhaustion, or even a heat stroke. You'll want to take cool showers; drink plenty of water and/or other hydrating fluids; work out earlier in the morning or later in the evenings; and pay attention to your body so you can stop if you're pushing yourself too hard.
It helps to change up your activewear during the summer months, too. The same thicker leggings and tops that keep you warm and cozy during the winter months will make you feel even hotter and more uncomfortable in the summer. Try to choose activewear in lighter colors that will reflect the sun, lightweight fabrics, and of course, pieces that are really sweat-wicking.
If you're in need of some summer-ready leggings, take a look at some options below.
1. Girlfriend Collective Mahogany Float High-Rise Leggings
While these leggings are lightweight, that doesn't mean they aren't sturdy and supportive. They're sweat-proof, quick-drying, and sheer-proof.
2. Ewwdoos Yoga Pants With Pockets
You can move comfortably in these leggings thanks to their ultra-stretchy fabric. They also have handy pockets on both sides, plus a hidden pocket on the waistband.
3. Zella Studio Lite Crop Leggings
When it's hot out you can also trade your full-length or 7/8-length leggings for some cropped ones. These are made from moisture-wicking fabric and have smooth flatlock seaming for comfort.
4. FP Movement High-Rise Full-Length Running Through My Mind Leggings
These leggings are super-breathable thanks to the mesh details down the legs. And another bonus? The fabric is made from recycled materials.
5. Lululemon Invigorate High-Rise Crop
These leggings are made with Lululemon's Everlux fabric, which is quick-drying, sweat-wicking, and combats hot, humid, and low airflow studio environments.
6. Amazon Essentials Mid-Rise Capri Active Leggings
For another crop option, take a look at this one which has a mid-rise fit.
7. Outdoor Voices Core 3/4 Leggings
Made with Outdoor Voices's signature TechSweat fabric, these leggings are both lightweight and breathable. They also have a structure waistband so you don't have to worry about it slipping down while you're working out.
8. Nike One Rainbow Ladder Pocket Tights
The rainbow cut-outs down the side of these tights will keep you cool. The fabric has Nike's Dri-FIT moisture-wicking technology.
9. Sweaty Betty Zero Gravity High-Waist 7/8 Running Leggings
These leggings are made with compression fabric so it's sculpting and supportive. They're great for summer wear because they have perforated details on the side.
10. Core10 Nearly Naked Yoga High-Waist 7/8 Cropo Leggings
Who wants to feel like they're wearing extra layers when it's hot as heck outside? These leggings are named "Nearly Naked," so they're so light and buttery-soft.
11. Alo High-Waist Coast Capri
Keep it breezy and cool in these white leggings. They have breathability thanks to mesh fabric, and they'll also lift and sculpt your body.
12. FP Movement High-Rise 7/8 Riptide Leggings
Surprise, surprise: Here's another pair of leggings with mesh details. These are combined with a pretty and unique embroidery design.
13. Athleta Elation Camo 7/8 Tight
Wear these soft leggings to your next yoga or studio class. You don't have to worry about sweat, though, because the fabric is wicking and breathable.
14. Electric Yoga Strut It Mesh Leggings
Electric Yoga's leggings have strategically placed mesh details to keep you cool no matter what workout you're doing.
15. Amazon Essentials Studio Mid-Rise Full Length Yoga Leggings
Lightweight, moisture-wicking, and breathable—what more can you ask for in a pair of leggings? These have a hidden pocket at the waistband.
More Workout Gear for Summer
There's really nothing more refreshing than drinking ice cold water during and after your workouts. This 32-ounce water bottle keeps your liquids cold for up to 24 hours.
Light and soft, this might be the most comfortable tank to wear, period. The shorter length on this one is a nice balance between a crop tank and a longer one.
Add this cooling mask to your post-workout skincare routine. The gel formula contains soothing cucumber, papaya, and chamomile extracts.
Here's another cooling skincare product for your gym bag. Use it under the eyes or all over your face for a refresher. Ingredients include caffeine to reduce the appearance of dark circles and seawater to soothe and hydrate.
Nike's sports bra is just so easy to wear during the summer. The moisture-wicking piece is designed with mesh insets for breathability.