Hopefully your exercise routine is adequately aiding your weight loss plan. But as we head into the hottest months of the year, you might begin to experience some challenges. Follow these tips if you decide to exercise outdoors this summer, so that you can stay safe and continue your fantastic progress.
Wear the right clothes. Choose clothing made from moisture-wicking materials, preferably in lighter colors. Cotton t-shirts are actually a bad idea because they trap heat and sweat. Remember a hat and a visor or sunglasses to protect your face and eyes.
Adjust your timing. Working out early in the day or later in the evening will help you to avoid the hottest temperatures of the day. Walking early in the day can boost metabolism, while an evening walk can help you digest your dinner.
Split it up. If you’re walking or jogging, you might become too uncomfortable in hot weather. Consider going half the distance in the morning, and then half later in the day, can be best at this time.
Head indoors. If your schedule won’t allow for early morning or evening workouts, head to an air-conditioned gym instead. Or, invest in your own treadmill for home use.
Switch up your route. Head to a shady neighborhood or a park with plenty of trees, rather than toughing it out on a walking track or other sunny location.
Cut back on caffeine. Caffeine can have a diuretic effect, causing fluid loss in the body. This can occasionally be dangerous for those with cardiovascular risk factors like high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
Drink, drink, drink! Even mild dehydration can contribute to heat stroke, so make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after workouts. Sports drinks with electrolytes are a good choice during the summer, too. If you’re taking longer walks or runs, plan your route so that you can refill at a water fountain (and visit a bathroom) when necessary.
Watch your urine. Speaking of the bathroom, if your urine becomes dark yellow or cloudy, you’re already dehydrated. Drink enough fluids so that it is consistently pale yellow to clear.
If you experience any difficulty with your weight loss plan or exercise program this summer, remember we’re here to support you! Give us a call to schedule an appointment, and we’ll help you develop solutions for any problems that might arise.