Exercising outdoors in the summer is a great chance to get some fresh air and gives you a change of scenery from indoor workouts. Whether you’re jogging in a park, doing yoga or a cross fit work out in your back garden, here are some tips for exercising in the summer heat.
5 Tips For Exercising Outdoors In The Summer
- Avoid the hottest part of the day
If you don’t have to follow a strict workout plan that requires you to work out midday, the best time to exercise is during the cooler parts of the day which is any time before 10 am and after 3 pm. Generally, morning exercises are the best as it keeps you fuelled for the rest of the day.
- Wear cool clothing
Wear synthetic workout clothes that are lightweight and breathable. Choose moisture-wicking clothing as its sweat absorbing properties can keep you dry and cool. Opt for light coloured clothing as it will be able to reflect the heat instead of absorbing it.
- Wear UV protection
It’s essential to protect your skin from the harsh UV rays of the sun to avoid sunburn as well as other skin related problems. Always wear waterproof sunscreen as this lasts longer on your skin and wear a hat! If possible, stay in a shaded area.
- Stay hydrated
Keep your body well hydrated by drinking a few glasses of water before your workout. Stay hydrated during your workout by drinking water every 15 mins or so, and when you’ve finished working out, drink more water!
- Take it easy
The humidity and heat can wear you out more quickly and limit the workouts your body is usually capable of doing. It’s better to keep exercise time short to get your body used to the heat. Try to divide your workout and do, for example, 30 mins in the morning and 30 mins in the evening.
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