Summertime tends to get steamy in July and August, yet exercise enthusiasts love their outdoor workouts. So how do you brace for a good sweat without suffering any consequences of exercising under a hot sun in high humidity?
Follow these helpful hints:
1. Don’t ditch the indoor machines! Continue to use treadmills and other indoor exercise equipment while gradually extending your outdoor activity. Our bodies take up to two weeks to acclimate to warmer temperatures and higher humidity. Consider long outdoor walks at lunchtime or after work before cranking up the intensity.
2. When exercising outdoors, seek out shaded areas and schedule workouts during the cooler parts of the day or evening. Drink plenty of water after your workout to rehydrate – you will lose a lot of fluids when you sweat profusely.
3. If you take medications, check with your physician or pharmacist to see if the meds increase your risk of heat-related illnesses, such as dehydration. Also be sure to wear sunscreen outdoors. Antibiotics and other meds make your skin even more vulnerable to sunburns. To protect your eyes, wear sunglasses.
4. Consider your post-workout condition. After exercising in the heat, see how you feel to determine what you can do for subsequent workouts. If you are overly fatigued, light-headed or dehydrated, be cautious about your exercise duration and intensity.
Regardless of the weather, always be aware of your surroundings when exercising outdoors. Stay clear of street traffic and other hazards along your route. Enjoy safe workouts for the greatest success!