Enjoy the Outdoors
Summertime is a great time to get in shape. There are so many things that you can do outside that are active and entertaining. You can ride your bike, walk, jog, swim in the lake, climb a mountain, go for a hike, and so much more. Whatever you are into, it is so much more enjoyable when you can do it outside in the nice weather.
Listen to Your Body
Exercising in the summer can come with its own set of challenges such as heat stroke, dehydration, and sunburns. It is important to really listen to your body and make sure that you are properly dressed for the weather and properly hydrated. You don’t ever want to risk getting heatstroke as it is a very dangerous condition. Just be prepared and don’t overdo it. When you sweat, you actually lose electrolytes, salt, and water. When you lose these substances, the balance gets disrupted, and when not properly maintained this can be a problem. Listen to your body and slow down or stop if you feel like you are becoming overheated, lightheaded, or dizzy. Dehydration and heatstroke are strong risk factors for some serious health issues such as kidney failure and in extreme cases, even death. Even so, this can all be avoided if you just stay hydrated, so always be sure to have enough water at hand.
Timing is Everything
Try to avoid the hottest part of the day, by restricting your activities to the mornings and evenings. You will be able to stay active a lot longer if you are not battling the heat. The hottest time of day is normally between 12pm to 4pm, so try to avoid working out in the elements between those times.
It Matters What You Wear
In order to beat the heat, it is best to wear loose and light-colored clothing. Wearing lighter colors helps to reflect the heat rather than absorb it, and a cotton material will help to cooldown the heat your body produces. An even better alternative is using athletic wear designed for hot weather.
Keep Your Skin from Burning
Don’t forget to protect your skin from the hot sun. Always wear sunscreen, even if it is overcast. You don’t want to end up with a nasty sunburn. The whole point of exercising outside its to maintain a healthy lifestyle, not to hurt yourself and possibly elevate your chances of getting skin cancer.
Make sure that you stay hydrated! Staying hydrated is as simple as drinking a cup or two of water and bring a bottle of water with you. Be sure to stop and take a drink every 15 minutes even if you don’t feel very thirsty. Keep the fluids coming! Be sure to drink a few extra glasses of water when you finish your workout as well. Always be sure to pay attention to how you feel. If needed, take a break, rest and let your body recover.