Six Summer Workout Tips
It's summer, which means it's time to enjoy your activities outdoors! Everything is more fun outside, whether you're swimming, running or cycling—but the summer heat and humidity can sneak up on you.
Keep these six tips in mind this summer, and your workouts will be the best and safest under the sun.
- Work out early or late. Unless you are training for an event that takes place in the daytime heat, avoid exercising from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as that is the hottest part of the day.
- Wear loose, light-colored clothing or UPF apparel made for sun protection. These clothes are often made from material that will keep you cool and protect you from the sun.
- Always use sunscreen. It's important to protect your skin. You can get burned and suffer sun damage to your skin even on cloudy days. If possible, choose shaded trails or pathways that keep you out of the sun.
- Stay hydrated. You should drink 16 to 32 ounces of water to prepare for your workout. Be sure to drink water regularly throughout your workout and during exercise.
- Check the weather forecast before you start your workout. 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.
- Listen to your body. It's very important to take into account the physical activity, fluid ingestion and diet of the previous day. You could be dehydrated or fatigued even prior to exercising, which could get you into trouble faster on a hot day. Stop immediately if you're feeling dizzy, faint or nauseated.
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