For many of us, we are experiencing the hottest part of summer, and the drive to leave the cool air-conditioning of our homes has likely deserted us entirely. So how can we stay active when it’s hot? Here are a few challenges that you can take on!
One of the best parts of the summer heat is that we can take to the water to get refreshed. Summer is the perfect time to participate in a variety of watersports, including swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, rafting, waterskiing, and more. If you have access to the beach, a lake, or a river, plan a day trip to enjoy the refreshing water.
Just make sure to practice water safety measures and always to wear a life vest!
If you are looking to kick butt and torch calories, you will likely want to avoid the summer heat. No problem! You can complete your workout right from your air-conditioned home. There is a vast array of workout apps, programs, and videos that you can easily follow along to, or you can create a personalized workout just for you. If you have workout equipment at home, great; however, it isn’t needed to get a quality workout done.
When practicing at home workouts, use safe techniques so as not to injure yourself or others. If you get injured, many sports-related injuries can be treated at your local First Care rather than go to an emergency room.
Early or Late Workouts
If you need to be outside to complete your workout routine, it is best to adjust your schedule to beat the heat. Heading out early in the morning or after dusk will likely be cooler than mid-day or afternoon workouts. Keep tabs on your local weather and adjust your schedule accordingly for the best results.
While you may not want to be running a 5k every day outside, you can still go out for a leisurely stroll. Take your partner, family, or pets for a gentle walk around the neighborhood or on local hiking trails. We suggest taking these walks in the evening when the heat as cooled down. If you would like to take a walk during the day, be sure to wear protective clothing and sunscreen, stay in the shade whenever possible, and always bring along plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Be aware of heat stroke and heat exhaustion symptoms before making this a part of your daily routine so that you know how to prevent it and what to do if it were to happen.
If you suffer from pre-existing health issues, it is highly recommended that you see a health care professional before beginning a regular workout routine. In addition, if you have a sensitivity to heat or are likely to suffer from heat stroke or heat exhaustion, please get advice from your health care professional on how to stay active in the summer healthfully.