As I am writing this the A/C is kicking in and the high today will be 92 degrees, and yes we are still in April! Those hot temperatures are just around the corner. While I have enjoyed exercising for the last 7 months, I am mentally preparing myself for the heat.
Here are a few things to keep in mind while working out in the summer:
- Exercise early morning or evening – These are the coolest times of the day and the suns intensity is low. Exercising when it is 110 degrees out can lead to major health issues.
- Hydrate and Replace Electrolytes! – Yes, with an exclamation point. One of the biggest factors for poor workouts is poor hydration. During the summer this can lead problems like heat exhaustion/stroke, cramping, dizziness, and headaches. Without proper hydration our muscles don’t work properly and our body loses its ability to cool itself. Make sure to drink plenty of water and replace those electrolytes. Signs that you may be dehydrated include: Dry mouth/thirst, dark colored urine, headaches and cramping.
- Wear Loose and Light Colored Clothing – Choose a material that wicks sweat from the skin, this will help the evaporation and keep you cool. Light colored clothing will reflect some to the heat, while dark fabrics absorb heat.
- Wear Sunscreen – Make sure to get sunscreen that is waterproof and SPF of 45 and apply at least 15 minutes before exercising.
- Join a Gym – You may love exercising outdoors, but exercising at a gym will let you exercise when you want to. Many of the gyms offer month to month memberships, so you don’t have to be nailed down when you want to head back outside. Getting a good gym exercise program tailored for you can be challenging and often globo gym trainers don’t have the training to cater a program with your specific needs in mind. Consult with one of our personal trainers at any one of our 3 locations to get you started right.
- Take a Hike – The Valley of the Sun definitely lives up to its name during the summer, but we are a great state that has easily accessible areas where the daytime temperatures can be 20-30 degrees cooler than the Phoenix area and all within a few hour drive. So make a plan and get out of town.
Arizona’s heat can make it challenging to keep in shape during the summer, but if you plan and prepare properly you can still exercise in the summer!