How to Safely Exercise in Hot Summer Weather
Yes, You Can Safely Exercise When it’s Hot. Here’s How
There’s something about the summer that makes us want to get outside. Maybe it’s because there’s more sunlight. Maybe it’s because we’ve been stuck indoors during the cold and dark winter. Maybe it’s because there are so many benefits to outdoor workouts. Maybe it’s all of those reasons. Whatever it is, the summer is a great time to exercise outdoors. However, there are some precautions you’ll want to take if you’re exercising outdoors when it’s hot. Here are some tips.
Choose the Right Time
While it can certainly be safe to exercise outdoors in the summer, one of the key factors to consider is the time of day. It’s usually the hottest in the middle of the day. Trying to exercise in the midday sun can be difficult and potentially dangerous, so try to work out in the morning or evening instead, since it will be cooler then.
You’ll want to wear clothing is that is lightweight, lets your body breathe, and keeps you cool. Loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing is often best and choose moisture wicking fabrics (such as polyester or nylon) whenever possible.
Hydration is important all year round, but it’s especially crucial during the summer heat. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to hydrate. When you exercise in hot summer weather, be sure to drink water before, during, and after your workout. While sports drinks can help replace some of the sodium and potassium you might lose during a strenuous workout, try to avoid those that contain large amounts of sugar.
One of the most important things you can do when you exercise in hot summer weather is to listen to your body. While it can certainly be safe to exercise outdoors in the summer, you also need to be aware of your limits and understand the conditions you’re in. Weather can change pretty drastically without much warning and that can increase your risk.
If you feel unwell, take a break. If the weather gets very hot, consider modifying your workout to suit the conditions.
By taking these steps and being aware of your situation, you can have a safe summer workout. If you’re looking for a trainer who can help you safely exercise all year round, including during the summer heat, please contact us to arrange a free consultation.