Tips For Summer Outdoor Workouts
Nothing is better than the fresh summer air, but then you realize the hot blazing sun beating down on you. I love outdoor workouts they help to push you further than the stuffy gym. What are some of the best suggestions for a hot summer day workout?
When you sweat, your body loses not only water, but electrolytes and salt. A balance of water and electrolytes is crucial to keep your body functioning properly. Hydrate before you dehydrate! Not drinking enough water can cause dehydration and you may suffer from light-hotheadedness and nausea.
TIME: Early mornings or late afternoons are the best time to workout outdoors. Avoid 10AM to 3PM which is the hottest part of the day.
CLOTHING: Wear lighter color clothing to reflect the heat and cotton to help evaporate sweat.
SUNSCREEN: Your best bet to use is SPF 45 just to be safe. Protect your skin so you do not get burned. Remember even on cloudy days the sun can still attack!
HYDRATE: Drink a glass or two of water before you even start your workout. Carry a bottle of water or even a hydration pack with you. Take a drink every 15 minutes, even when you’re not thirsty. After your workout have a few more glasses of water.
LOCATION: Choose shaded trails or pathways that keep you out of the sun.
WEATHER: If there’s a heat advisory, meaning high ozone and air pollution, you might want to take your workout indoors. These pollutants can damage your lungs. Check the weather before your workout!
LISTEN: Listen to your body!!!! Stop immediately if you’re feeling dizzy, faint or nauseous