Summer is right around the corner, and I don’t know about you but the summer heat is already here. For a lot of people, summer is one of the most active times of the year, but it also can be dangerous to your health if you are not careful. Follow these 5 simple tips to stay healthy during your workouts this summer:
Drink Plenty of Water
You should drink two glasses of water an hour before you begin exercise, and consume another glass of water every 20 minutes during your workout. Don’t wait until you are thirsty, because at that point you are already getting dehydrated. Finish up your work out with another 2 glasses of water over a 2 hour period. It may sound like a lot of water, but you’re replenishing the water you lost during your exercise in the heat.
Here are 5 tips to exercise safely this summer:
Decrease the Intensity
Heat and humidity raise your heart rate, and your body has to work harder. So maybe try some alternative forms of activity, like swimming, walking or biking.
Schedule Your Workouts
Try to schedule any outdoor exercise for the coolest part of the day. If you can’t get your full work out in before the heat of the day, try splitting up your workouts into two shorter sessions that can take place during those cooler hours.
Wear light colored, moisture-wick clothing that is breathable. The goal is to pull moisture away from your skin, which will leave you cooler and drier. Avoid any dark-color clothing as it absorbs heat.
It takes the body 10 to 14 days to adjust to new temperatures, so plan your work outs accordingly as the summer heat increases. In my opinion, it’s always easier to move your workouts inside.