Memorial Day weekend has come and gone and now, just like that, it’s officially unofficially summer. But aside from the longer days and the increase in outdoor-cooked meals that come with the new season, summertime can also mean a longer, tougher, more intense workout.
And while this can be exciting at first as morning workouts no longer need to be accompanied by a beanie or sweatpants, the warmer the days get, the more dangerous your summer exercising will inevitably become.
So before you head out on your run, here are 6 essential tips to remember before getting your summer sweat on.
Ease into it
Rather than going full-swing into an intense workout routine this time of year, give your body time to adjust to the hotter weather. Fitness experts suggest that students start small and work their way up. Cut your planned routine in half and take a week or so to slowly ramp up to the real thing.
Get a buddy
Whether you’re working out indoors lifting weights or heading out to the trails to get some cardio in, it’s always a good idea to have a summer workout partner. Having a partner not only can help you keep your motivation up during those final pushes in your workout, it can keep you safe if you’re feeling woozy or showing symptoms of heat exhaustion.
The hotter it gets, the more you sweat. And the more you sweat, the more electrolytes you lose. Don’t simply focus on drinking sports drinks throughout or after your workout, but make it a point to carry water with you all day, whether you’re working out or not. Staying hydrated is the most important thing you can do to keep your summer workouts safe.
Avoid spontaneously going for runs in the middle of the day because it’s the only time you can squeeze a workout in. Instead, plan your workouts in advance to avoid the hottest times of the day and to allow yourself time to recuperate before moving on to the next task.
Dress the part
Students often forget that it’s not sweating that cools your body off, but the evaporation of sweat. Thus, wearing breathable fabrics that allow your body to breathe will help keep you cool, while a sweatshirt won’t make you burn extra calories, it will only weaken the efficiency of your workout.
Listen to your body
Finally, if you’re worried that you’re overheating or under-hydrated, then take a break. Pushing yourself too far can ultimately slow you down as your body becomes more exhausted. Common symptoms that mean you should stop your workout are dizziness, heavy fatigue and nauseousness.
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