When you’re making progress toward your fitness or weight loss goals, the last thing you want is to take a break and undo a lot of that progress. But it’s July now, and it’s hot outside! Not only is exercise uncomfortable right now; it could be dangerous if you aren’t careful.
To keep up with your fitness and weight loss plan, take these four steps to keep yourself safe when exercising in the heat of midsummer.
Change your workout time. Avoid working out in the middle of the day, if you can. Move your workout time to early morning, or the evening after about 7:00.
Stay hydrated. Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day, not just while you’re exercising. If you start a workout already dehydrated, anything you drink during the workout won’t really help all that much. You’ll become tired and tempted to quit sooner, and you could even put yourself in danger.
Dress for the weather. If you haven’t already invested in workout gear made from moisture-wicking, high-tech fabrics, summer is the perfect time to try them. Choose light colors, too; they absorb a little less heat from the sun. And if you’re walking or running at night, light colors will make you more visible to drivers.
Remember, also, to protect your eyes with sunglasses. A vented hat or visor will help keep the sun out of your face.
Remember sodium and potassium. After tough, sweaty workouts, a recovery drink containing sodium and potassium will help replenish lost nutrients. If you don’t like the taste of these drinks, include these nutrients in your regular diet.
As always, give us a call if you’re starting or changing your exercise regimen. We can help ensure that your plans are safe for you, and appropriate for your weight loss or fitness goals.