Tips for Exercising Outdoors in the Heat

With summer approaching for many of us, it is important to know how to exercise in the heat safely and healthily. Here are some tips for exercising in the heat:

Stay Hydrated the Right Way: Water will be your best friend before, during and after the workout. In the summer you will want to supplement your water with an energy drink. Energy drinks contain potassium and electrolytes which will help rehydrate and replenish your body.

Take A Cold Shower Prior: Taking a shower before working out might seem counterintuitive. But by taking a cold shower and letting your hair air -dry, your hair serves as a temperature regulator and can help cool you down.

Timing Is Everything: The hottest times of the day are 10AM to 3PM. Try scheduling your outdoor workout before or after those times.

Listen To Your Body: Know your limits. Whenever your feeling dizzy, nauseous, or tired, take a break. It’s okay if you can’t finish the workout you had planned. You can also try and move your workout inside if possible.

Overall, exercising outside can be challenging during hot summer days. Don’t forget to stay hydrated, and don’t forget to wear sunscreen. This is also the perfect time to try exercising in the water.

Source: Penn Med

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