Now that summer is officially here, I have a confession to make: I absolutely can not stand running on a treadmill.

When I tell people from other parts of the world that I run outdoors in Houston 12 months a year, I always get strange looks. But I long ago made peace with my hatred of being sweaty, and after years of training, I’ve also found a number of items that make working out in the Gulf Coast heat—whether you’re running, biking, canoeing or doing any other sport—slightly more bearable.

Behold: the clothing and beauty products that comprise a Houston heat fitness survival kit—with more to come.

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