Exercising in the summer presents its own unique set of challenges. You must account for the sun, heat, and extra sweat! It is also important to take some precautions so that you do not get injured or become dehydrated. Here are four tips to help you exercise during the summer.
1. Dress for the Weather
It’s important to dress properly for summer exercise. Avoid dark colored clothing and wear tank tops and shorts, if you can. Wear a hat or visor to protect your face and sunglasses for your eyes. You should also apply a sports sunscreen with at least SPF 30 on your face and arms. (And remember to reapply if you stay out for several hours!)
2. Keep Water with You
If you run, walk, or cycle, then you need to keep a water bottle handy at all times. You will sweat much more with the temperatures high and replacing the lost water is incredibly important. If you exercise for longer than 45 minutes, then make sure you also replace the electrolytes you lost in your sweat. Drink some coconut water, add salt to your water bottle, or sip on a sports drink.
3. Recover Well
After your workout, you may feel sore, tired, and have a headache. This is when it is key to recover properly. Stretch and foam roll your sore muscles and if the pain is still there, apply a SINSINPAS Cold Patch. It’s cooling sensation will help you feel better and keep the pain away for several hours! During this time, make sure you drink plenty of water and eat a healthy meal.
4. Take Breaks
If you felt very sore or tired after your workout, then chances are it was too intense. While you may be tempted to go out all out in the heat, it’s better to take breaks. Slow down on your runs and walk if necessary. Try to stay in the shade and stop and drink water often. Your training will still count, even if it slower than normal!
Exercising during the summer can be fun but must be done with caution. Always stop if you feel nauseous, dizzy, or confused. Pushing yourself too far is not worth it! Drink some water and head back home. You can always try again tomorrow.
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