With the sun shining and the temperatures heating up, summer time can be an enjoyable time to begin an exercise program. However, there are some precautions you should take if you plan to exercise outdoors this summer.
- Take the weather seriously. Be especially careful when it’s very hot. Avoid exercising during peak hours.
- Wear light clothing, and try to stay in the shade.
- Pay attention to air quality. Try to exercise when and where there are fewer cars on the road.
- Rehydrate your body. While exercising in hot weather you can easily lose up to a quart of water an hour. Drink water before, during and after exercising.
- Don’t forget your sunscreen! Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before heading outdoors. Protect your eyes with sunglasses that block the sun’s UV rays.
- Be aware of the symptoms of heat stroke. When the body has difficulty cooling itself, there can be a sudden rise in body temperature. Symptoms can include very hot and dry skin, dizziness, nausea, confusion and unconsciousness. Remember, these symptoms can appear rapidly.
- Cool off in the water. Swimming is an excellent way to exercise during the summer months.