We don’t mean many people who don’t love working out during the fall and spring months. The temperature is near perfect and you don’t have to worry about freezing or dehydration. That said, you won’t find any personal trainer who would recommend you stop working out just because the temperatures have risen. As we find ourselves in the midst of an incredibly hot summer, it is important to remember some pertinent safety tips for working out in the blazing heat.
Avoid Exercising During Mid-Day
Do your best to schedule your workouts for the earlier or later parts of the day. The hours between 10am and 3pm are usually the warmest, so you’ll want to avoid overexertion during those times. If for some reason you have to exercise during that time of day, make sure you limit your sessions until your body gets used to the heat.
Don’t Stop Eating
Are you the kind of person who loses his appetite when the weather gets steamy? Your body, despite your appetite, still needs food to survive and to fuel your exercise regime. Try eating lighter foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables, and consider splitting your meals into smaller portions spread throughout the day.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Contrary to popular belief, the sensation of thirst means your body is becoming dehydrated. You should drink water before, during, and after your workout. Participating in a group activity? Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for stopping for a water break.
Wear a Hat
You should be wearing sunscreen during any outdoor workout – hopefully that’s a given. But what about your poor scalp? Most of us forget about our heads when applying sunscreen. Either slather some hair-safe lotion along your part or wear a baseball cap (dark in color) to protect your head from the sun’s rays.
Switch Your Routine
The summer heat will make your heart rate rise faster. This means you can actually knock back the intensity of your workouts while still obtaining the results you desire. Make sure you monitor your heart rate and adjust your workout pace so that you don’t tax your heart.
Talk to your personal trainer about other things you can do to modify your workout during the summer months. There’s nothing macho about this stuff. It’s always better to be safe than it is to end up the guy who passed out due to heat exhaustion!