Beat the Heat: 7 Tips for Outdoor Workouts
Exercising outside is one of our favorite things to do in the summer. Finally [!!!] it’s warm enough to #runfree without messing with jackets, hats, + gloves. Although the heat is nice — sometimes it’s just plain HOT, which can make for a very challenging + physically draining #sweatsesh. No to mention, working out in the heat can be dangerous. Here are 7 tips to keep you cool this summer as you sweat it out in the hot temps!
#1] AVOID THE HEAT PEAK
Try to fit your workout either early in the morning or later in the evening [around sunset] to avoid the hottest time of the day. Avoiding the sun at it’s peak will help you stay a little bit cooler + definitely safer [#6AMcrew anyone?!].
#2] DRINK UP
Sweating it out in hot temps can lead to dehydration really quick, so make sure you are well hydrated! If you are exercising in the evening — be sure to sip water all day long. If you are exercising in the morning — be sure to hydrate the day before + right when you wake up! Working out under the hot sun causes you to sweat [a lot] so make sure you replenish the fluids you lose by drinking plenty of H2O during your workout! Don’t forget to replenish after your sweatsesh with even more water + foods rich in electrolytes!
#3] SLOW IT DOWN
Training in extreme heat + humidity is harder + takes a lot more out of you than training in the gym or cooler weather. Because of this, don’t expect to perform as well as you normally do + definitely don’t expect a PR right away. It takes time to acclimate to the warmer temps! By the end of the summer you’ll be well adjusted + we guarantee you’ll be killin’ it — but for now, try to ease into things + take it slow.
#4] DRESS FOR SUCCESS
Remember to dress for the weather! Wear lightweight + light-colored clothing that will wick away moisture + sweat [the looser the better]. Wearing dark, tight, or heavy clothing will only absorb more heat + make you extra hot.
#5] PROTECT YOUR SKIN
Exercising outdoors is nice because you get a workout + a tan all in one! Although this is a great perk, being out under the sun for an extended period of time is a surefire way to get a sunburn + nobody likes those, so be sure put on some sunscreen before you jump into things.
#6] LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
Know when to take it easy + when to take it inside! While you may be disappointed in yourself for not finishing a workout — safety comes first! If you are feeling any of these symptoms head inside, drink some water, + take a breather…
- Muscle Cramps
- Rapid Heartbeat
- Cool, Clammy Skin
#7] GRAB A PARTNER
Working out with a friend is not only more fun but safer than going solo — especially on a hot summer day. Grab your workout BFF + sweat it out together, so if heat exhaustion or dehydration strikes, someone is there to help!
Taking your workout outside? Snap a pic + share it with us on Instagram! Tag @chaarg + #inCHAARG : )
Train hard + stay cool!
+Isabelle [@isabelle_inchaarg], IU CHAARG