Safety Tips For Exercising In The Heat
One great thing about the summer and spring is the ability to break away from the monotony of running on a treadmill or biking on a stationary. If you’re someone who has trouble focusing during your workouts, being able to go for a jog or take advantage of an outdoor group fitness class can help motivate you to workout more.
That being said, IT IS HOT OUT! I am totally not complaining. After months of what seemed like a never ending winter (or oil bill), I am loving the sun. But I just may love it a little too much. We live near the park and my husband Larry (that man in the morning) always comments bout the “idiots” running in 97 degree weather. Then I defend them saying “I used to be one of those ‘idiots’ Thank you very much”.
I love Hot Yoga. I love a hot run. Heat can be relaxing and can help loosen up your muscles. But in this weather here are some tips to avoid disaster and injury.
- Be sure to apply sunscreen with a good SPF of 30-45 before your outdoor activity.
- Hydrate! carry a water bottle with you if you can. Make sure to drink before, during and after.
- Wear a hat. Sometimes that summer sun beating down on you can develop into a migraine in the evening. And you don’t want to sunburn your scalp!
- Be cognizant of high humidity. Avoid strenuous outdoor activities when humidity will make it hard to breathe.
- Wear cool clothing. don’t overdress, potentially causing you to overheat and dehydrate.
- Avoid the hours between 12n-4pm when the sun is at its hottest. If you can squeeze in your workout before 8am or after 7pm, All the better, but don’t forget the steps above!
- Be safe and enjoy the summer!