Work Out But Stay Cool!

While the long summer days can make working out a dream, the hot summer sun can quickly turn it into a nightmare. If you’re the kind of person who loves to workout outside no matter what, then you’ll need to know how to keep yourself safe from the scorching temperatures outside. The bottom line is to be extra cautious when deciding to workout on hot and humid days. Here are some hints and tips that will help you to get the workout you want without suffering from heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.

Trim Down Workout Time: If you typically workout for an hour outside, you’ll want to trim down your workout to 30-45 minutes.  When the temperatures are hot outside, your body has to work extra hard to cool itself off.  If you just can’t stomach the thought of cutting down your workout, move half of your workout indoors.  Try a workout DVD for an intense, indoor workout! 

Drink Up: The key to staying safe in the heat is to keep your body hydrated. The hotter the weather, the more you’ll sweat, which means the more water your body loses. Be sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout!  Avoid caffeinated products as they increase dehydration.

Wear the Right Clothes: The hotter the weather, the more breathable you want your clothing to be. Purchase Dri Fit technology athletic clothing. This moisture-absorbing apparel is becoming the norm for athletic clothes.  Dri Fit clothing is designed to be cool, breathable and wick away moisture from the body. The clothing is usually a polyester, nylon and spandex blend. Remember to avoid cotton clothes as they retain moisture.

Cool Off:  Take plenty of time to cool down after a workout in the heat. Jump in a lake or pool, or you can even take a cool shower to bring your body temperature down. Cooling off will also help you to feel more relaxed and refreshed after working out!