For many people, feeling comfortable in their bathing suit in the summer means having to workout on a consistent basis during the spring and summer months. But as the temperatures start to rise, spending time working out outside can be potentially dangerous if you don’t go about it in the right way.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three safety tips for working out outside in the summer.
Give Your Body Time To Adjust
While you might think that being sensitive to the heat is only something that people who live in assisted living facilities need to be worried about, every person need to be careful when it comes to spending time outside in the heat of summer, especially if you’re going to be doing something that exerts a lot of energy like working out.
To make sure that you don’t wind up getting in over your head when working out in the heat, it’s wise to give your body time to adjust to spending time outside when the temperatures rise. At first, you should start with only doing light workouts that keep you outside for a short period of time. Then, as your body is able to tolerate that, you can try to do more intense workouts that will keep you outside and in the heat for a bit longer.
Don’t Underestimate How Hydrated You Should Be
Another thing you need to think about if you’re going to be working out outside when it’s hot is your hydration.
While you always need to replenish the fluids in your body when you’re exercising, this becomes even more important if you’re exercising outside in the heat and sun. Ideally, you should come into any workout already well hydrated. Then, while you’re working out, you should continually drink water and drinks that have electrolytes to help replenish yourself as you sweat. And then once you’re done working out, you should drink even more to help ensure that your body can recover well and stay hydrated afterwards.
Know The Signs That You’ve Done Too Much
If you follow the tips mentioned above, you should be able to avoid most of the dangerous issues that could come from working out outside in the summer. However, it’s wise to know what to look for in the event that you do push your body past what it’s capable of doing.
While you’re exercising or after you’ve finished exercising, take note of any cramps, spasms, dizziness, weakness, chills, disorientation, or other abnormal feelings that may be happening with your body. These could be signs of things like heat exhaustion or even heat stroke, which can be serious and may require medical attention.
If you’re wanting to keep working out outside in the heat of the summer, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you stay safe while you do so.