As the first official day of summer has now passed, you are probably itching to spend more time outside. The last year has had us cooped up a little too long and getting outside and getting some exercise is going to be remarkably beneficial for our mental and physical health. We know you are motivated to get out there and get to it, but you should keep in mind some key aspects to make your experience trouble free!
Staying hydrated is one of the most important aspects of exercising in the summer. If you want your body to keep going in heat, you need water. Mix it up with a sports drink for some added potassium and electrolytes or bring along some juicy fruits to snack on between exercises if you want to avoid the high calorie content of drinks like Gatorade and Powerade.
The hottest times of the day are generally between 10am and 4pm. It is highly recommended you get up early in the morning to do your exercise or hit it in the evening. This way you will avoid peak hours of heat, which will dehydrate your faster and put you at higher risk of sunstroke or heat exhaustion.
In other words, listen to your body. Your body will not hesitate to tell you when it has reached its limit, or when it is getting close to the limit. Make sure to pay attention to the signs your body is giving you to avoid fainting, dizziness, or exhaustion.
Wearing lightweight clothing is an extremely important aspect of working out on hot summer days. The last thing you want to do is head out in a heavy cotton t-shirt that will have you sweating long before you even start your workout. Choosing your outfit wisely will not only reduce your chances of getting heat stroke but it will also help you retain hydration and sweat less.
Look for shirts that are made of lightweight materials such as polyester. Polyester is not only durable and lightweight but also often has technology such as quick drying or sweat wicking, so you are not catching a breath while in a pool of your own sweat. Shirts such as the Taos or the Performance Shirt are excellent choices for hot summer workouts for this very reason.