Fitness Tips

Warm Weather Workout Tips

Spring temperatures can soar as high as summer temps in some parts of the world. As the nice weather beckons you to exercise outside, keep these tips in mind.

1. Check the time: Exercise in early morning or as the sun sets when temperatures are lower. Avoid outdoor workouts from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., the hottest hours of the day. If you’re training for an event that takes place in daytime heat, set aside one or two days a week to work out in those hours.

2. Check your wardrobe: Wear loose clothes and lighter colors to help reflect heat. If you prefer outdoor workouts, invest in specially designed sports clothes that wick moisture and keep you cooler.

3. Slather: Use water-resistant sunscreen and re-apply it hourly no matter how high the SPF.

4. Hydrate: Drink 6 – 8 ounces of water before and during your workout if you’re exercising for less than two hours. If you’re a marathoner or exercising for more than two hours, drink 12 – 20 ounces before you begin. Be sure to drink enough water after your workout to completely quench your thirst.

5. Scout: Look for shaded trails, pathways and other areas that will keep you out of the sun.

6. Read: Check the weather forecast to be sure there isn’t a heat advisory or air quality alert that might damage your lungs and reduce the effectiveness of your workout.  

7. Listen to your body: Stop exercising if you feel dizzy, nauseous or lightheaded.