Beat the Heat: Five Safety Tips for Scorching Summer Workouts
Now that comfortable spring is slowly transitioning into scorching summer, you have yet another reason to avoid working out. But let’s face it: “It’s too hot” is a lame excuse for not exercising in the summer. After all, it’s not like the warm weather caught you by surprise– it happens every year, people. The more comfortable and enjoyable your workouts are, the more motivated you’ll be to stick to your exercise goals. So if you really want to turn heads on the beach this summer, be sure to follow these five tips for beating the summer heat.
Summer Safety Tips for Working Out
1. Lose the Layers
You might not be at your goal weight quite yet, but you’ve got to be willing to shed a few more layers when exercising this season. Look for specialty exercise clothing designed for breathability and cooling potential. If you feel more comfortable walking to the gym in layers, make sure to have a comfortable outfit underneath when you start to sweat.
2. Stay Hydrated
Even during non-strenuous activities, dehydration comes at a much higher risk during the summer. Make sure to listen to your body and take plenty of water breaks before, during, and after your workout. This keeps you healthier, cooler, and more energized throughout the day. Not to mention, hydrating with water helps you avoid high-calorie beverage and can even help curb cravings.
3. Know Your Limits
There’s a difference between pushing yourself and killing yourself. Granted, sometimes it’s hard to determine where exactly to draw the line. One reliable way to keep track of your exertion levels is to use a heart rate monitor or fitness watch while working out to make sure you don’t overdo it. Take a break when you’ve reached your breaking point and give yourself time to recover and reward yourself for your hard work.
Exercising in the afternoon or evening might fit conveniently with your schedule, but these are actually the hottest times of the day. An early morning run probably doesn’t seem enticing, but it’s actually a great way to wake up and improve your mood to start your day off right. If mornings are too much of a drag for you, exercise late at night instead. Make sure to take extra safety precautions during early morning or late night workouts, such as bringing along a friend, wearing reflective clothing, and staying within safe neighborhood boundaries.
5. Go Inside
During the Dog Days of Summer, there are perfectly reasonable excuses not to leave the house– like at all. But you don’t have to let 100-degree temps interfere with your workout routine! Use a weight set to get the most out of an indoor cardio routine and work on strength training. Add a short yoga session to the end of your workout for a cool-down phase that will keep you calm and stress-free despite scorching temps.
Take time to protect your body in all areas before a summer workout. Wear sunscreen, keep your head covered, and always take water breaks when you need them. Although it’s good to push yourself during a workout, you’ll see better results when you treat your body with the utmost care.