Outdoor Fitness Tips

One of the best things about summer is getting to take your workouts outside! Having said that, there are some things you need to keep in mind. Temperature, dehydration, water intake, and more play a factor when working out outdoors.

Here’s a few tips to help you make the most of your summer workouts and keep safe in the process:

1) Plain water is fine for shorter workouts, but if you’ll be exercising for longer than an hour, bring a sports drink or two to replenish your carbohydrates and electrolytes.

2) The night before a hot-weather workout, eat complex carbohydrates. The sugars will turn into glycogen, which will help your body hold onto its water supply.

3) When you’re used to working out at room temperature, it’s easy to forget the toll that 80- or 90-degree days can exact. Start with lighter workouts or by training early or late in the day.

4) A little dehydration raises your heart rate while decreasing its efficiency, and a lot of dehydration is just plain dangerous. You should drink 16 to 32 ounces of water to prime the pump before you go outside, then bring plenty with you to drink regularly throughout your workout, not just when you feel thirsty.

5) Don’t do everything at once. Get used to outdoor activities gradually, and you’ll have the whole summer to play outside.

 

 

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