The summer is usually when you step up your workout game. It’s time to get that beach body ready. But the summer can also bring extreme heat and humidity that can be dangerous unless you use certain precautions. Let’s look at some tips for working out in the summer that will keep you healthy and safe.
Stay Inside if You Have To
Let’s face it, sometimes it’s just too hot to work out in the sunshine and that’s ok. Stay inside with the AC and fans and try a new exercise DVD. Try a new ab routine on the floor. There are plenty of ways to workout at home where you don’t have to risk being overheated.
Go to the Gym
Working out in a temperature-controlled environment can really save your Summer workout routine. Try a new yoga class or do some weight training that you’ve been slacking on.
Drink Plenty of Water
If you’re going to be working out in the sun, be sure to drink plenty of water. If you normally fill your water bottle twice during a workout, fill it up an extra time. Increasing your water intake will prevent you from becoming overheated while you exercise.
Use Peppermint Oil
Peppermint essential oil can actually help decrease your body temperature, so using a couple drops on the back of your neck or lower back can help cool you down during a workout.
Take a Cold Shower
Taking a cold shower pre-workout can start you off with a lower body temperature and keep yourself cooler longer.
Monitor Your Heartrate
If you’re not in the habit of tracking your heart rate while working out, the summer is the perfect time to start. Your body works harder in the heat so you’ll hit your target zone quicker with less effort.
Using these tips will not only help you reach your goals, but they will also keep you healthy and safe while working out in the summer.