With so many fun summer activities to choose from its hard to stay indoors at all. However its very easy to overheat and you risk getting heatstroke if you aren’t prepared to combat the hot weather and limit sun exposure. Here are some tips to enjoy your outdoor exercise safely all summer long:
Be sure to plan ahead and bring plenty of water with you. Take several water breaks throughout your workout to help stay hydrated. Look for a water with electrolytes in it or bring a sports drink like Gatorade along as well. This will help balance your body and replenish key nutrients.
Avoid Midday Workout
Try to plan your workouts during the morning or later in the day. This will help you avoid overheating during the hottest part of the day. This is especially important of you are exercising in remote areas without a way to signal for help if you overheat.
Wear Light Colored Clothes
You can help cut down on harmful sun exposure and avoid sunburns by wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and other protective clothing anytime you go outside. You can get a sunburn even if it is cloudy outside so get in the habit of always wearing sunscreen Lighter colored clothes won’t absorb as much heat as dark colored clothes so you will stay cooler. Look for breathable fabric that absorb moisture to keep you dry doing your workout.
Don’t Overdue It
Listen your body’s warning signs for heatstroke and dehydration such as headache, dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, or muscle cramps. Start off with short easy workouts to get used to working out in the summer heat. Take a break in the shade or find a shelter with air conditioning if you start feeling any of this symptoms to try to cool down.
Summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy activities like biking, hiking, kayaking, and running. Always plan ahead to keep from overheating or getting a sunburn from spending too much time in the sun. Bring lots of water and snacks with you to refuel your body. Wear sunscreen and protective clothing like hats and light colored clothes to keep your body cool and covered.