Four crucial tips for hot weather exercise
When hot weather hits, there is nothing better than lounging outside in the hot sun. Unfortunately, there are few things worse than exercising outside in the hot sun, and many people’s fitness routines are dependant on the outdoors. Foregoing exercise whenever the weather gets too hot is tempting, but there is no need to pass up outside workouts if you simply modify your routine!
Here are some tips for exercising in the heat safely:
– Keep hydrated! This is the most important tip. Drink plenty of water a couple hours prior to your workout, then drink small amounts throughout your exercise. Even if you’re not thirsty. Drinking small amounts of water throughout the day is more beneficial than large amounts at one time. If your workout is longer than one hour, consider sipping on a sports drink to replenish electrolytes.
– Respect the heat. Your body automatically has to work harder in the heat because it is working to cool itself, which interferes with getting blood to the muscles. Because of this, your workout becomes more intense. Cut back on your usual time and intensity to compensate.
– Avoid exercising in midday. Try to stick to the early morning or evening when the sun isn’t as intense. If you must exercise in the afternoon, try to stick to shady areas.
– Wear lightweight, breathable clothing.
Although exercising outdoors in the summertime can be an exhilarating experience (and the shower afterwards, too!), always use caution and be aware of symptoms of heat stroke. Now get outside and get moving!