Trying to get yourself ready for the pool or beach this summer? Let’s face it, summertime is the best time to head outside and get some exercise, but are you taking the right precautions to protect your body from the intense heat and humidity?
Here are 7 very important tips to remember when you’re outside exercising in the summer heat.
- Pick the right time of day before you go out. Unless you are training for a particular event that takes place in the daytime heat, avoid exercising in the hottest part of the day from 10 am to 3pm. Generally, the early morning is the best time to workout. Plus, it will get your metabolism moving for the rest of the day!
- Sunscreen is very important. Use a high SPF that will protect your skin. Even cloudy days can give you a sunburn!
- Stay hydrated. Summer can take a lot out of you when you’re outside, so it’s important to stay hydrated. Before you go out and get started, drink a glass or two of water. Carry a bottle of water or even a hydration pack wherever you go. Take a drink about every 15 minutes, even when you’re not thirsty. When you’re done with your workout, have a few more glasses of water to help you cool off.
- Replenish your electrolytes and salt while exercising. There are some great supplements you can take that will help. Find a one you like and take it with you!
- Figure out where you can work out in the shade. Trails and paths are typically shaded and can provide an intense workout at the same time. Pools can offer a great workout as well!
- Wear loose, light-colored clothing. The lighter colors will help reflect heat, and cotton material will help the evaporation of sweat as you work out. A lot of athletic shops and sporting goods stores sell clothing that is specially designed to help keep you cool.
- Listen to what your body is telling you. This one is so very important. If you start to feel dizzy, nauseous or lightheaded, take a break! Sit down and have a drink of water.
We hope you keep these tips in mind for a safe and healthy summer! Thanks for reading!
7 Tips for Exercising in the Summer Heat