Cool Tips for Summer Exercise
The hot summer weather can really interrupt the flow of your outdoor exercise plans. Whether you are just out for a walk or playing a pickup basketball game, be careful and take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses. When you exercise in hot weather, keep these precautions in mind:
- Take it Slow. Take it easy at first. As your body adapts to the heat, gradually increase the length and intensity of your workouts or your time outside.
- Watch the temperature. Know how hot it is going to be for that day and plan your activities accordingly. Be mindful of heat alerts.
- Drink Plenty of Fluids. Drink plenty of water while you are working out even if you don’t feel thirsty. Try to avoid drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol, which actually promote fluid loss.
- Dress Appropriately. Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing promotes sweat evaporation and cooling by letting more air pass over your body. Avoid dark colors that absorb heat.
- Avoid the mid-day sun. Plan your outdoor activity for the morning or evening- when it is cooler outdoors.
- Wear sunglasses and sunscreen. Protect your skin and eyes from the harsh sun!
There are many indoor alternatives to being active during the summer months. Consider changing your routine during the summer to protect yourself from the heat. Some medical conditions can increase your chances of having a heat-related illness so be careful if you choose to exercise outside in the summer months. Talk to your doctor about precautions and concerns.