Tips for Exercising in the Summer Heat
Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 7:00 am
One great way to stay healthy is to get plenty of exercise. Doing so also can help people to lose weight. The hot, humid, weather that comes with summer can make exercising a bit more difficult – and sometimes even dangerous. Here are some tips that will help you stay safe while exercising in the summer heat.
Tips for Exercising in the Summer
The Mayo Clinic points out that exercising in hot weather puts extra stress on your body. The hot and humid weather can cause your body to overheat. Sweating in hot weather can lead to dehydration.
One simple way to avoid dehydration (and heat related illnesses) is to drink plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink some water or a sports drink. Make an effort to keep yourself hydrated before you start feeling thirsty or exhausted.
Avoid the Heat
Pay attention to the weather forecast. How hot will it be today? Check to see if there is a heat alert or heat advisory going on. If so, it would be a good idea to avoid the heat by choosing an alternate exercise activity. Consider visiting an air-conditioned gym or YMCA instead of going outside for a run. Swimming, in an indoor pool, may be a safer choice when the weather is too warm to exercise outdoors.
Another good way to avoid the heat is to exercise in the early morning or late evening. You will want to avoid the mid-day sun (when the weather will be at its hottest). In other words, try and avoid exercising from 10:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon on hot days. Pick a different time. It can be helpful to find shady areas to exercise in so you won’t be in direct sun the entire time.
Some people get so focused on their exercise routine that they forget to protect their skin from the sun. Make sure you put sunscreen on before you go outside. The Mayo Clinic notes that a sunburn can actually decrease your body’s ability to cool down. Sunburn also hurts and can increase the risk of skin cancer. Consider choosing a sunscreen that is water and sweat resistant.
Listen to Your Body
Active.com says that you really need to listen to your body while you are exercising in the summer heat. Pay attention to it! If you start to feel dizzy, faint, or nauseous – those are signs that you need to stop exercising immediately. Get into some shade, rehydrate, and take a break.