Staying Fit in Hot Weather

By: Lauren B. Wallace

If you live in hot and humid weather then you probably know what it means to dread exercise during the summer months. Unless we are in a cool gym, we are unlikely to commit to any physical activity. Although it is wise to avoid strenuous activity in extreme heat, we should not abandon our fitness regimens all together. Exercising in hot and humid weather is possible if you chose to take the proper precautions.

The first thing to take into consideration is the location. If you enjoy working out indoors then you are pretty much all set. You already have a cool environment; all you need to remember now is to stay hydrated. Some people neglect that important step just because they are indoors and they feel that the proper water intake is not as crucial as it would be if they were working out in the heat. Well that is false, proper hydration is important even if you are exercising in a cool gym. However, if you are one of those people who lives for the outdoors and you can't bare to sit at a gym, then you should be more cautious in choosing your activities. Swimming in a cool water pool is one of the options. You can also engage in a wide range of other outdoor activities as long as you chose the right time of day. In a hot and humid environment the best time to exercise is early in the morning or late in the evening. But no matter what activity you chose to pursue, remember to give your body time to adjust to the temperature prior to going full force into your workout.

When working out outdoors, it is also important to wear sunscreen and to stay properly hydrated. You should wear at least SPF 15 and drink four ounces of water for every twenty minutes of exercise. You should avoid drinks that contain caffeine (such as coffee, soft drinks, tea) because they can increase your fluid loss. Some other ways to escape some of the heat during the summer months is to wear light, lose fit clothing and to moisten your skin with a cool towel or spray bottle when needed. These are just some suggestions towards a better fitness regimen in hot and humid weather.

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