This has been one hot summer so far, and it's time we open the doors and get outside. But, no matter what outdoor workout adventures you choose to take on this summer, there are some key precautions that you can take in order to keep safe and cool in these extreme temperatures. Here are some of the top tips that Active recommends when exercising in the heat of the summer:
Stay hydrated: On an average day, you should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces. So before you go outside, drink a glass or two of water. Step outdoors in style with a trendy, new water bottle, and be sure to take sips about every 15 minutes, even when you're not thirsty.
Wear loose, cool clothing: When you're outside in the summer heat, make sure you're wearing light colors that will reflect the heat, and materials that will help evaporate sweat. Wearing loose fitted clothing will also help keep you cool without feeling sticky and drenched. To stay cool while still looking hot, try the latest and greatest in sweat-wicking fitness apparel.
Be aware of the time of day: It's important to avoid exercising from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. unless you're training for an event that takes place during that time. The 10-3 time frame is the hottest part of the day and can really do some damage to your body. So try setting your alarm for 7 a.m. instead, and start your day with a fabulous, cool workout.
Gradually increase your activity: If you're new to the summer heat and don't want to over work your body, then we suggest gradually building up your outdoor workouts in both duration and intensity. This allows your body to adjust to the heat, giving you the best workout without any heat-related illnesses.
Listen to your body: If you're feeling dizzy, faint or nauseated, you need to stop your exercise immediately, rest and hydrate.
It's time to ditch the indoor treadmill and step outside and do some exploring while you work out, just make sure to proceed with caution… and some extra water in hand!