The summer is a favorite time of year for outdoor exercisers because along with the warmer temperatures, we now have more time in the day to fit in a workout. From the early bird to the after-work crowd, I think we can all agree it’s a lot easier to feel inspired to move when the sun is shining. However, preparation for outdoor workouts in the summer heat is essential for your health and fitness.
Fuel Your Workout
When you wake up, have a cup of water. This will prevent dehydration. A light breakfast will help fuel your workout. Try having half of an English muffin with peanut butter or a banana with peanut butter. If you exercise in the middle of the afternoon or after work, have a snack at around 3 or 4 pm, when you usually feel the mid-day slump. Instead of heading for the vending machine, bring your own healthy snack with you. An apple with cheese, nuts or a yogurt are snacks that will give you energy and will sustain you through the end of your work day and workout.
Just because it’s warm outside, it doesn’t mean you can skip your warm up. Preparing your body for exercise helps you from getting hurt and keeping you from having to walk with crutches on the beach. If you are going for a run, briskly walk or jog at a slower pace for about five minutes. If you are going to do an outdoor bootcamp or some other strength training, warm up with no or light weights beforehand.
Dress For The Weather
You don’t have to run down the street wearing short shorts and a sports bra (unless you want to of course), but mixing loose fitting clothes like a t-shirt and flowing shorts can mix with summer sweat and cause chaffing. Choose clothes that are not too tight or too loose to prevent a pesky problem later on. Moisture-wicking gear will keep you drier as you sweat in the summer heat.
After Your Workout
After your workout, get out of the heat, grab some cold water and stretch your muscles indoors with the AC. Take your shoes off quickly to release body heat and if you’re really sweating it up, jump in a cold bath or a pool (if your fancy).
Exercising outdoors in the summer is a great way to mix up your workout routine. Just be sure to follow these simple tips to make the most of your workout.