How to Get the Most Out of Your Warm-Weather Workout

May 21, 2021

With warm weather here to stay for the next few months, you’re probably thinking about skipping the gym in favor of a fresh-air workout. If you choose to do so, follow these guidelines to stay safe in the heat.

  1. Get the proper gear. Make sure you have everything you need to exercise comfortably in the sunshine. That includes lightweight, sweat-wicking clothing, waterproof sunscreen, and water bottles that you can easily carry in your hand or attach to a running belt. A hat to keep the sun off of your face might be a good idea, too.
  2. Rearrange your workout schedule. If you’re used to running right after work, you may want to adjust your schedule for the summer. It’s best to exercise when the sun is low in the sky and temperatures are cooler, either first thing in the morning or last thing before bed. Midday is likely to be sweltering.
  3. Know when to stop. Getting acclimated to summer workouts after a season of climate-controlled sweat sessions takes some time, so don’t push it. If you start to experience any signs of heat exhaustion—such as nausea, fatigue, or dizziness—call it a day.

10 Must-Know Tips for Exercising in Hot Weather [Shape.com]
Heat and exercise: Keeping cool in hot weather [Mayo Clinic]
8 Tips for Working Out in the Heat [Penn Medicine]

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