Summer is a great time of year to get people active. It is sunny and usually really nice weather-wise. And look at all the activities that are available during the summer! Kayaking, canoeing, swimming, running, cycling, etc. There’s so much to choose from! Summer exercise also comes with it’s fair share of dangers and precautions.
With the recent heat waves hitting the western United States, everyone needs a quick reminder of taking precautions in those hot extremes. With Phoenix hitting 118 and 117 in Las Vegas, people need to be careful. It can be brutal out there! So, we’ve put together a list of 5 tips for working out in the summer heat:
- Replenish your fluids! When you are in an intense workout session, your body temperature is rising. Pair that with being outside in harsh, warm conditions and your body will become that much warmer. When your body temperature sky-rockets like that, you are in danger of heat exhaustion or a heat stroke. Drinking plenty of water will help re-hydrate your body and help keep your body temperature at a reasonable level.
- Wear lightweight clothing with light colors. Wearing lightweight clothing is almost a given. Who in their right mind is going to wear a sweatshirt and thick pants while exercising outside in the summer (unless they are high school wrestlers trying to make weight, I suppose)?! Dark colors actually absorb the heat of the sun, adding to the warmth of your body temperature.
- Know when not to go outside. Midday in the summer can be killer. Try to get your workout in the early morning or after sunset when it is cooler. If you have no other choice but to workout during the day, make sure to at least stay in the shade.
- Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! The sun is a huge danger in these hot, summer months. Make sure to continually apply sunblock throughout the time that you are outdoors. Even with the “sweat and water resilient” ones there is still a chance for it to wear out.
- Know your body’s limits. If you start feeling lightheaded, dizzy, nauseous, a headache or weak stop what you are doing. Listen to what your body is telling you. Know your limits and stick to them without pushing yourself too far past those boundaries.
Make certain your clients are following all of these guidelines when they are with you and when they are not. You have a responsibility to them to inform them of the dangers of the heat. All of that to say, just make sure to be safe and have fun! What are some more tips for exercising when it’s hot outside?