The winter was long and cold. You crave the sunny outdoors and want to soak up every last drop of summer. Before heading out the door, read these warm weather exercise tips:
- Drink water. So you don’t get dehydrated, drink water before, during and after exercising. If you are exercising for more than an hour, many suggest swapping a sports drink for water due to the addition of electrolytes and carbohydrates.
- Bring a towel. To help reduce your body’s heat, have cold water and a towel on hand. Applying a cold and wet towel to your head or neck, can help to reduce your body’s temperature.
- Take a cold shower. After exercising, many recommend taking a cold shower to minimize soreness, help your body recover quicker and reduce your body’s overall temperature.
- Wear the right clothing. To stay cool, wear loose, lightweight and light-colored, sweat-wicking clothes. Don’t forget your hat.
- Slather on sunscreen. When exercising outside, protect your skin with a broad-spectrum sun screen. Follow the directions so it is activated before you start your run, hike or golf game.
- Eat differently. Some recommend eating smaller meals throughout the day. Resist the temptation to eat salty foods and protein, since both may produce metabolic heat and cause water loss –something you don’t need in the heat. Do eat more fruit and vegetables.
- Get some shade. Whenever possible, choose shaded trails and other areas that keep you out of the sun.
- Check the time. During the summer, exercise during the coolest hours of the day –early in the morning and later in the day. If there is a heat wave or you can only work out during the hotter part of the day, consider working out indoors.
- Use herbal formulations. If exercising at altitude, chlorophyll can help. You will find chlorophyll in our popular ChlorOxgyen®. When you want physical and mental stamina, consider ginseng. You will find ginseng in our Ultimate Ginseng™.