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Exercising in the Summer Heat

July 8, 2020

Temperatures are rising and more + more people are getting outside! We love to see it! This spring, Utah had a rise in road bike sales, which we think is super cool! We’re big advocates for exercising outside, enjoying that summer sun, and taking in all the vitamin D that you can get! That being said, it’s important to stay safe in the extreme heat, and so we thought we’d tell you our favorite tips for staying safe while exercising in the summer sun.

Take a cold shower.

Before you even start your workout it’s a good idea to jump in a cold shower. This will help keep you cool for a longer period of time.

Stay HYDRATED

This one should be obvious, but it seems to be the one that we most often neglect. We’ll drink water after our workout when we’re thirsty, but by then the damage is already done. Water is your best friend on any day, but especially a hot one. Drink lots of water before, during, and your workout. If you’re exercising more than 60 minutes in the sun, you might want to consider a sports drink to replenish your electrolytes.

Wear sunscreen!

This tip is also one of our most important! Not only does it hurt to workout the next day with a sunburn, but wearing sunscreen can prevent sun damage and the aging of our skin. It also lowers your risk of skin cancer. Even if you’ll only be outside for a short amount of time you should be protecting your skin. A really good habit to get into is using a moisturizer with SPF in it. 

The early bird catches the worm, and avoids the heat! 

10 am to 3 pm is typically the hottest it will get during the day. Avoid exercising during these times by getting up early or exercising late at night. If you are exercising when it’s dark, make sure to wear reflective gear and a headlamp. Exercising in the morning can have other advantages as well such as feeling more energized throughout the day! 

Embrace the water.

Summer is the perfect time to embrace the water! Swimming is an incredibly low impact sport that results in less injuries and increased muscle gain. Swimming can be a great way to not only take a break from your normal routine, but also get a break from the sun.

Last, of all we just wanted to say, know your limits. Listen to your body as you exercise and hydrate throughout the day. But most of all, have fun!

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