Things are heating up! With summer fully upon us, we're taking advantage of the warm weather and bringing our fitness outside. From trails to parks to our own backyard, who doesn't love exercising in fresh air and sunshine?
But outdoor summer workouts aren't always "a breeze." As increased temperatures can make exercising outside far more exhausting, it's important to take a few health precautions when being in the heat. This will make your workout far more enjoyable too!
Here are a few tips for taking your workouts outdoors:
1. Exercise During Cooler Hours
The midday heat is no joke in the summer, which is why we love exercising in the early morning or late in the evening when the sun is beginning to set. Not only are the temperatures cooler, but there's less risk of getting sunburned. Try going for a morning run or an evening swim!
2. Get In The Water!
Speaking of swimming, the pool isn't only for cooling down in the summer. We love swimming for a zero-impact workout that is good for our minds and bodies. Learn more about why we love swimming (and all its benefits) here.
3. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Hydration is key to healthy living—always. But it's even more critical in the summer months when the temps are high, and we're sweating more. (This is your reminder to drink a glass of water). Especially when exercising outside in the summer heat, make sure to stay hydrated before, during, and after your workout. Your body will thank you!
4. Remember To Protect Your Skin
Skin is an essential part of our health, too, which is why summer months are especially important for slathering on sunscreen. Make sure to pack a bottle with you whenever going to exercise outside.
5. Have Fun!
It may sound like a silly tip, but remember that health and exercise are supposed to be fun! It's a privilege to get to care for our bodies and move them, just like it's a privilege to live in a place where we can get outside and explore. Remember to practice gratitude and to have fun—even when your legs are burning from the climb!