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Tips for Working Out in the Summer Heat

May 19, 2020

We’re one month away from the official start of summer, which means the weather is getting warmer and we’re all starting to crave some extra time in the sun. We know many of you will be looking for ways to help you soak up that vitamin D, so might we suggest taking your Daily At-Home Workouts outside? This is a great way to crush your fitness goals and enjoy the nice weather all at the same time, as long as you’re prepared for the heat! To help you enjoy your outdoor fitness routine, here are our best tips for working out in the summer heat.

 

Remember, Less is More

Avoiding long periods of sun exposure is key to having a successful outdoor workout, so trade your slow-and-steady workouts for a quick HIIT routine instead. This will help you burn calories and fat rather than your skin – make sure you apply a sweat-proof sunscreen before getting started! Luckily, our Daily At-Home Workouts are only 30 minutes long, so you can knock them out quickly in the summer sun and then cool off inside with a tall glass of water. Speaking of water…that brings us to the next tip!

 

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

It’s so important that we had to say it three times. Hydrating properly throughout the day is going to be essential for your summertime workouts. If you’re planning to do an afternoon sweat sesh in the sun, be sure to start drinking water prior to your workout and to continue fueling your body during and after as well. This can help you make up for water loss due to excess sweating from the heat. You may also need a boost in electrolytes following an intense workout, so be sure to have a healthy snack or two on standby.

 

Choose Your Timing Wisely

If you want to work out comfortably in warmer weather, you’ll need to consider what time of day you’ll be heading out. When the sun reaches the highest point of the sky around noon, it will be hard to find any relief from its relentless rays. So, instead of completing your outdoor workout in the middle of the day, choose a time in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is still shining, but it’s not quite as strong. This will help you enjoy the beautiful weather while you get your sweat on.  

 

Wear Loose, Light-Colored Clothing

Remember, you should always dress for the occasion. When it comes to workouts in the summer heat, you definitely want to avoid heavier or thicker clothing, as well as clothing with dark colors. Heavy clothing tends to cling to your body as you sweat and heat you up even more, and dark colors attract the warmth of the sun. Go for something lighter instead, so air can continue to circulate around your body as you move. Also, brighter colors will help deflect some of the sun’s rays, so your clothing won’t absorb as much heat.  

 

As fitness centers are beginning to reopen, we hope to see you at one of our studios again soon! But, don’t worry – we’ll keep our online workouts going for a while longer for those who still want to stay home. Hopefully, these tips will help you enjoy sweating it out outdoors as the summer heat starts to roll in.