While many people head outdoors for their summer workouts, there are several things to consider when leaving the colder winter months behind.
Increase your water intake. Drink a glass or two of water before starting your workout, and avoid high-caffeine drinks.
Even if it’s partly cloudy, don’t forget the sunscreen. Use a sweat-proof sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply every 45 to 60 minutes during intense fitness.
Avoid exercising outdoors between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when it’s generally the hottest. Choose shaded trails and schedule your workout for the early morning or wait for the cooler evening hours.
Check the weather forecast and don’t overdo it when humidity levels are high. Listen to your body, and don’t ignore the signs of exhaustion.
Summertime can also be a challenging season to stay motivated and on track with your health and fitness goals.
Summer is a very busy time for a lot of people, but it also is a time where people make a lot of excuses,” said Maureen Nosek, owner/operator of Get In Shape For Women in LaGrange. “Just because the weather is better and allows you to do more outside, that doesn’t mean you should give up your ‘regular’ workout routine.”
While some people increase their physical activity in the warmer months by taking a walk or going for a run, Nosek recommends maintaining your fitness center membership for added accountability.
“It’s nice to think that because the weather is better that we actually will go outside and take that run or walk, but the reality is that we all still need accountability 12 months out of the year,” Nosek said. “Stick to your routine, and on those off days, get out there and enjoy that beautiful warmth and sunshine.”