06 Aug Stay Cool during Your Summer Workouts
Working out is vital for a happy, healthy lifestyle and can also help you feel more confident. But while you head outside to exercise in the summer heat, it’s necessary to take a few precautions and read these tips on staying cool during your workouts.
Hydrate With That H2O!
You may only think to drink water when you’re thirsty after you exercise, but it’s important to hydrate before, during and after a workout. Water is vital to the body, especially when you’re working out. It replaces what you sweat out and it helps your body function more efficiently, so be sure to drink water while you’re exercising.
Between 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM the sun is shining it’s brightest. Try working out before or after these hours. If you’re not a morning person, try a 5-hour ENERGY® shot before your workout to help you stay sharp and alert.
Loose, Cool and Confident
That’s how you may feel after a workout, but we’re talking about your workout clothes! Tight, stretchy material such as yoga pants can cause you to overheat faster. Loose clothing is the best option because it allows for air flow. Darker clothes attract the sun’s heat, so go for light colors like white, yellow, light blue or a grey to keep you cool.
Protect Your Skin
Protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays by applying sunscreen before exercising outside. Ultraviolet rays are not blocked by clouds, so be sure to apply sunscreen even on partly cloudy days. If you’re going for a run, try looking for a path that is shaded to help you stay cool.
Grab a Partner
During the summer, join a class or gym or find a friend to workout with. Sticking to your workout plan already takes serious commitment but when the weather is hot, physical activity can be the last thing you want to do. Find a friend or group to work out with so you can help keep each other motivated and accountable. Not only is it safer to have a workout buddy, it is more fun!
Listen to Your Body
Heat-related illnesses can occur if you do not listen to your body. If you feel dizzy, nauseous or fatigued it may be time to take a break. Don’t force yourself to go out in extreme heat or high humidity either. Instead, go to an air conditioned gym or take a relaxing swim in a pool. Always listen to your body to avoid injuries!
Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors. Exercising in extremely high temperatures is hard for even the healthiest people, but if you take the proper precautions, you can enjoy sticking to your workout plan all summer long.