With summer just around the corner, everyone is getting antsy to do as many activities as possible outside. Before you step outside, be sure to read these tips that will ensure you have a safe & fun outdoor workout.
1. Wear Clothes
We know it can be tempting to show off that six-pack you worked all winter on but wearing clothing can actually keep you cooler than stripping down. Wearing moisture-wicking sport clothes will draw the sweat away from your body to keep you cool. Plus if the fabric is tightly knit or made of UV material, you are less likely to get burned.
2. Slap on Some Sunscreen
Be sure to put on sunscreen 30 minutes before heading out the door. If you don’t wait for the sunscreen to soak in, you’ll end up getting it in your eyes and you’ll also end up with burned skin. Choose 15 SPF – 30 SPF, anything over 30 is unnecessary and has been proven to work just the same as the 30 SPF. Be sure to purchase sunscreen that does not have Vitamin A, oxybenzone or added insect repellent as these chemicals have been known to cause cancer. Click here for a list of sunscreens that are safe.
3. Bring Water
This is a no brainer, hydrate, hydrate then hydrate some more. If you’re going to be out for a long workout, bring a snack to keep up your energy. We don’t suggest using energy drinks as the sugar in them can have adverse effects like further dehydration and a spike in blood sugar which will later lead to a sugar crash. Post workout, be sure to keep hydrating. If you’re really feeling like you just can’t take in enough water, coconut water is the way to go!
4. Wear Sunglasses
Protect those eyes! Make sure your sunglasses protect you from the UV rays that can cause cataracts and glaucoma.
5. Train Early Morning or Late Afternoon
Make sure you are working out when the weather is not as hot. Working out in the early morning or late afternoon means no direct sun. If you do decide to workout mid-day, be sure you have a shaded area to workout in or a great mid-day summer workout would be in a pool.
6. Beware of Allergies
No one likes to be stuffed up while trying to workout. But did you know that if those symptoms go untreated you could develop asthma? So be sure to check the pollen levels before stepping outside. Plan your workouts later in the day when the pollen is typically not as high and avoid areas where you know there will be dense pollen. Be sure to shower after your workouts as well. A great natural remedy for allergies is a spoonful of local honey a day. This helps to build your immunity against the pollen in your area. To find local honey in your area, click here.
7. Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion/Stroke
Sometimes no matter how determined you are to workout, you have to be aware of how your body is reacting to the heat. Be sure to look for these signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke in the picture above. If you or your workout buddy start experiencing these symptoms, move to a cool area quickly, apply a cold compress or immerse your body in cold water to lower the body temperature and seek medical attention if you are experiencing a heat stroke.
Enjoy the summer and have a safe & fun workout!
What precautions do you take before heading out for your summer workouts? Comment below to share!