EXERCISING IN SUMMER

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Virtually everyone knows the benefits of exercising regularly, and most want to exercise but do not get around to it, or somehow find it difficult to stay committed. However, with summer comes a fresh desire and motivation to engage in exercise; the sun rises early and sets late making it easier to get out of bed and get the body moving. There’s also a better drive to go outside and enjoy the weather.
Fulfilling the desire to exercise in summer requires certain considerations for success. These are highlighted below;
  • The right outfit/clothing
Having the right outfit is an important step for exercise. Because of the sun, you may want to wear a hat and sunglasses. Ensure you wear clothes that promote air flow. Contrary to popular perception, yoga pants are an excellent outfit for exercising because they are flexible and form-fitting, making you and your body comfortable through the exercise routine.
  • The timing is important
Make sure you avoid engaging in outdoor exercise between 10am and 3pm as these are the hottest periods of the day. Early mornings and evenings are good times to work out.
  • Location of exercise
If you want to exercise outdoors in the summer, then endeavor to use an area that has some shade, to shield you from the sun as much as possible. You can choose pathways or trails that are shielded from the sun. The activity is exercising, not tanning. Sunblock and sunscreens are recommended for outdoor exercise to reduce damage to your skin from the sun’s UV rays. If, however, you choose to exercise indoors, you can get good exercise equipment and find a place that’s’ well ventilated.
  • Hydrate
Drink water! Not only during the exercise, but throughout the day. Exercise drains your body of the water it has, and the summer heat added to that means that you will be losing water at a faster rate than usual. It is recommended that you drink cool water as it is the best for your body system because it is the easiest to absorb by your internal organs.
The quantity of water you will take is dependent on the type of exercise you engage in and its intensity, as well as the ambient temperature and how much water you had in your body system to begin with. Drinking too much water while exercising is counterproductive, and could lead to feelings of nausea, so be wary of that.
Some other drinks, such as sports drinks, which are rich in kilojoules could also be consumed for energy but take note of their weight gain consequences.
  • Choose your activities wisely
Endeavor to choose exercises that work well with the prevailing temperature. Engaging in vigorous activities for extended periods when it’s really hot is not recommended. You can go with low intensity exercise during such periods.
  • Listen to your body system
Stop when you start feeling light-headed or dizzy or have a headache. Consider your medical history before engaging in just any type of exercise. Ensure you seek medical advice before embarking on the exercise routine.
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