How To Keep Moving During The Hot Summer Months!!
Kristin Beil, DPT
Summer is here and for most of us it is filled with a busy schedule with work, juggling kid’s schedules, and going on vacations. Now that the hot months are here, sometimes it is harder to get a good workout in.
We have all been there; we get on a good new workout routine that finally works with your busy schedule, but now the hot weather factor is thrown in the mix making it at times more difficult to fit in a workout.
So what are some good ways to keep moving in these hot and humid days? Here is a short list of tips to help:
1. Check the weather ahead of time. If it is “Code Red” day, this indicates it is really too hot/humid to be outside safely for long periods of time.
2. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Making sure to drink plenty of water it important for our body, but it is more important for us during the summer months as we are more likely to sweat more and need to replenish our systems. As it is, most of us tend to consume a lot of beverages with a lot of caffeine, which dehydrates us. Drinking plenty of good old fashioned water is still the best way to go for hydration.
3. Plan to work out early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid times that are too hot and humid. Avoid working out in the middle of the day when the heat index is at its’ peak.
4. Work out with a partner or a friend not only is it more fun, but you are more inclined to go for your workout from the extra motivation! This is also a great safety tip in case the heat becomes an issue.
5. Perform a good warm-up and cool down with stretching!!
6. Know the signs/symptoms for when your body is overheated/dehydrated:
a. Check how many times you are going to the restroom; also check the color of your urine. The darker the color (more yellow) is a warrant to drink more fluids. A typical color should be a pale yellow.
b. Feeling dizzy/sluggish? Have an increase in headaches? Constantly feeling thirsty? These are all some signs of dehydration.
Now that we know how important it is to stay hydrated, go out and have fun but be smart and listen to your body! Know when it is an appropriate time to be working out, avoid the peak heat index times of the day, drink plenty of fluids, and keep try to keep track of how much water you are drinking.