It is officially June and that means the start of summer and warmer weather. Exercising outdoors is a great way to enjoy the summer. It’s important that as the temperature rises, you make a few changes to your normal routine. We put together a few important tips so you can safely exercise during the warm weather months.
- Hydrate! Drink water during your workouts; not just before and after. For exercise lasting more than 1 hour an electrolyte beverage may be a better option.
- Avoid the Hottest Part of the Day. When you’re heading outside in the summer, early morning and evening may be better times. When the sun is directly overhead, the outside temperature is hottest.
- Wear Light-Colored and Light-Weight Clothing. Wear moisture-wicking fabrics to help keep your body cool. Lighter colors will reflect the sun.
- Take Breaks. Listen to your body. If you are feeling too warm or don’t feel right, take a moment to rest and allow your body to cool down.
- Run or Walk a Shaded Route. If you’re adventuring on a run or walk, go to a nearby park that is covered by trees. The temperature is a little cooler in the shade and you’ll be more protected from UV rays. Although it’s breezy, the boardwalk may not be the best place on a hot day.
- Don’t Forget the Sunscreen. Applying sunscreen will help protect your skin, especially when you head outside for a long period of time. For more information, check out our Sun Safety Tips.
By Louise Mills-Strasser