It’s the summer—take out those hats, hit the beach, but make sure not to lounge all day because that body needs some exercise, too. Exercise may be the last thing on your mind on a hot summer day, but there are ways you can make it work. Here are some tips to help you out:
Take It Easy
You don’t need to be as intense as you were when the weather is cooler! Remember, the heat can be exhausting, which is why you need to take it easy. Slow your pace and allow your body to adapt to the heat. You can pick up the pace and the length of your workout when you get the hang of it.
Don’t Do It During Peak Hours
When we say peak hours, we mean the hottest hours of the day, which is midday. It’s best to exercise early in the morning when it’s still cool outside or an hour before the sun sets.
Stick to Light-Colored Workout Clothes
Sure, you love those dark-colored workout clothes to wear, but it’s time to put them to rest in the summer. These colors absorb heat and on a hot day, and it will only make you feel so much hotter. It’s best to stick to light-colored workout clothes that are loose to allow for better air circulation over the skin.
Sunscreen is your ultimate best friend in the summer, so don’t skip it! Use sunscreens with UVA/UVB with titanium or zinc oxide and re-apply it at two-hour intervals.
In the summer, your body temperature increases. Make sure you stay hydrated to prevent heat exhaustion. The same applies when there’s so much humidity in the air because it’ll make your sweat stick to your skin. Drinking plenty of water and eating fruits and vegetables that are rich in water will keep you hydrated throughout your workout. At least 8-10 ounces of water every 20 minutes when you’re working out is optimal, and it’s crucial you drink more after exercise.
Be mindful of overdrinking, too, because there’s also a thing called overhydration that can lead to hyponatremia.
Also, if you think sports drinks are the way to go, they’re actually not because they’re filled with so many calories. So, stick to water!
Don’t Overextend Yourself
Sure, you may have fitness goals, but that doesn’t mean you should overexert yourself in this heat. This will not make you achieve your goals faster. Listen to your body, and if you feel light-headedness, weakness, dizziness, muscle cramps, headache, rapid heartbeat, and nausea, it’s best to stop. You don’t need to work out for hours—20 minutes will do, and you can expect positive effects.
The summer season shouldn’t stop you from achieving your weight or fitness goals. All you need to do is apply these tips to help you have an efficient workout activity during this time of the year. Next thing you know, you’re as active as you want to be and closer to your goals.
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