Weekly challenge: Try these thirst-quenching fruits and vegetables to beat the heat

There’s a reason we tend to have lower cholesterol levels and less body fat during the hot summer season. We’re more active outdoors and tend to seek out thirst quenching foods like peaches and plum tomatoes while eating fewer greasy comfort foods.

At this point in the early summer, you may not have had a chance yet to acclimate to the heat. It takes about 10 to 14 days for your body to adjust to a hot environment by cooling you more efficiently, according to the American Council on Exercise. Before then, you may feel more fatigued during workouts and may be more prone to dehydration.

It’s best to start with shorter bouts in warmer temperatures, lengthening workouts by five minutes a day until you’re fully acclimated. Start with a 10- to 15-minute outdoor workout and lengthen workouts by about five minutes a day.

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Also, stay well-hydrated by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables with a high water content. These include:

Watermelon. True to its name, watermelon is 93 percent water.

Cucumber. Along with iceberg lettuce, cucumbers contain more water per serving than any other vegetable—96 percent, according to this article on Rodale.com.

Grapes. Popping cold grapes in your mouth after a workout can be just as refreshing as chugging water.

Summer salads. Spinach, cabbage, and most lettuce varities contain more than 90 percent water. Same goes for tomatoes and bell peppers. If you prefer berries with your greens, go for strawberries, which have a 92 percent water content. Raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries are all composed of more than 85 percent water.

And here are more tips for staying active in the warm temperatures.