We know many of you are passionate about fitness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and as the weather gets warmer it’s important to know your limits and stay safe in the heat. We've compiled a few tips to remind you of some simple steps you can take to stay safe while still getting a great workout.
1. Drink plenty of water. This is the most obvious one but it needs to be said. It is crucial to take regular breaks to hydrate yourself during a workout, and it is also important to rehydrate after your workout is complete.
2. Try some fruit or veggies as a snack. They are a great alternative to sports drinks when you need to replenish your electrolytes during a workout.
3. Time your workouts to avoid the hottest time of the day. This ‘peak’ heat period will vary from day to day so make yourself aware of the forecast and plan accordingly. It will make a huge difference.
4. Wear loose, light-colored clothing. This is especially important if you will be doing any exercise outside. The darker your clothing is the more heat it will absorb and it can dramatically affect your body temperature. It’s really amazing the difference a white shirt can make. The ‘loose’ part of this equation is important too, tight-fitting clothes and absorbent fabrics will absorb your sweat instead of allowing it to evaporate, disrupting your body’s natural method of regulating its temperature.
5. Listen to your body and be aware of the symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Confusion, dizziness, cramps, nausea, and headache are just a few warning signs to look out for. When in doubt, don’t risk it. Get yourself in the shade and rehydrated if you start to feel weak. Be smart and don’t push your limits.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to staying safe in the sun. There are plenty of other precautions you can take, some of which can be found in the links provided below. Please take care of yourselves and be aware of the risks when you choose to work out in the heat. Here are a few links from around the web with some additional tips on ways to beat the heat and stay safe now that it’s getting warmer.