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The Heat is On! Finding time to work out when the warm weather hits can become a rather daunting challenge. From ball games to pool parties, the summer brings many activities that can lead to more eating and...
The Heat is On!
Finding time to work out when the warm weather hits can become a rather daunting challenge. From ball games to pool parties, the summer brings many activities that can lead to more eating and less exercise.
But exercise and summer fun can go hand in hand by following a few suggestions to help you get those workouts in while the sun sits high in the sky.
Cool Tips for Your Summer Workout
• Exercise in the morning or evening, when temperatures are lower. Try to avoid exercising from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s the hottest part of the day.
• Deflect sun with white or light colors and a hat.
• Sunscreen is a must. It is very important to protect your skin from sun damage even on cloudy days.
• Workout in shaded areas as much as possible. Find those less sunny trails in your neighborhood, or hit the trails in the shady woods, or along a lake shoreline.
• Before, during, and after exercise, avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages. They are dehydrating and will take fluid out of your body when you need it most.
• Stay hydrated! Drink water all day, not just before or after your workout. Staying hydrated will help prevent symptoms you may experience from exercising in heat, such as dizziness, stomach cramps and headaches.
• Shorten or split up your workouts.
• While vacationing at your favorite summer beach getaway, mix up your lounging with a walk along the shoreline.
• Instead of just sitting poolside in the lounge chair, jump on in and swim laps or play water volleyball or Marco Polo.
Avoid Injuries this Summer
Injuries are common while participating in organized sports, competitions, training exercises or fitness activities. Physical Therapy helps people rebuild strength and movement in parts of their body after an injury. Therapy can also help one manage pain and prevent permanent damage and recurring problems. If you’ve experienced an injury, contact us today to schedule an initial assessment with one of our experienced physical therapists.