With summer upon us, exercising outside can become difficult. High temperatures can lead to some serious health conditions such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion. There are precautions you can take, however, to have a safer, more effective workout outside.
- Hydrate! Make sure that you drink a good amount of water PRIOR to exercising- not only when you are working out. Hydrate after working out as well.
- Wear light, loose clothing! Dark colored clothes absorb more heat and can make you feel hotter.
- Choose the right time! Don’t work out in the heat of the day (12 pm- 4pm)- instead try to plan your workouts for the morning or for after the sun sets to avoid the highest temperature
If you start to feel faint or nauseous, stop your workout! Skipping a day of running outside is better than suffering from serious heat induced health risks.