It is a great time of year to bring your exercise outdoors.  Incorporating bicycling, running, hiking, swimming are all fun ways to switch up your workouts in the warm weather. You can even bring your traditional exercises outside. Try your strength training workout in your backyard or a local park.

But with the summer heat we need to take some extra precautions to stay safe. Here are a few tips  for exercising on hot summer days.

  1. Timing is everything – try to avoid exercising during the hottest point of the day. This is typically between 10am – 3pm.
  2. Protect your skin –  sunscreen is a must! Even on a cloudy day you can get a sunburn. Be sure to lotion up before you head outside.
  3. Drink Up – It is important to drink before, during and after your workout. Remember to take a few water breaks and drink even if you are not thirsty. You should be drinking 8-10 ounces every 20 minutes.
  4. Dress for Success – loose and light colored clothing is preferable for exercising in the heat.  The light colors will reflect the heat instead of absorbing it and a loose fit will allow your skin to “breath”.
  5. Be knowledgeable – Know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.