It may be hot, but that dream body you want won’t wait forever. Summer gives you all the tools you need to get active, so why not take advantage? Yes, it’s above 80 degrees, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from achieving your health and body goals.
Here are 8 safety tips for working out in that dreaded summer heat:
Check The Weather
Turn on your local weather forecast before you start your workout to see just how hot it really is outside. If there’s a heat advisory, meaning high ozone and air pollution, you might want to take your workout indoors. Pollutants and increased temperatures can actually damage your lungs.
Choose Early Morning Workouts
Timing is everything. Avoid exercising from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s the hottest part of the day. Generally, the early morning is the best time to work out, especially if it’s going to be unbaringly hot that day. If you can’t doearly workouts, make sure to choose shaded trails or pathways that keep you out of the sun.
Wear Loose, Light-Colored Workout Clothes
To keep cool, try wearing lighter material and colors to help reflect heat. Cotton will help the evaporation of sweat and keep you cool.
Sunscreen Is Always Required
Sunscreen is a must. Use SPF 45 and above just to be safe. It’s important to always protect your skin even during regular activities to avoid getting sunburned and sun damage to your skin.
Take Water with You
Make sure to always stay hydrated. Before you go out, drink a glass or two of water and carry a bottle of water with you to take a drink every 15 minutes, even when you’re not thirsty. When you’re done with your workout, have a few more glasses of water to replenish your electrolytes.
Pay Attention To Your Body
Last, but certainly not least, listen to your body. Stop working out immediately if you’re feeling dizzy, faint or nauseous. We all like to look good, but it’s definitely not worth our lives.
Cheers to #SummerBodyGoals!