Fit and Cool
Regular exercise is beneficial to your health and well-being! Exercise helps to raise your HDL (good cholesterol), and lower your LDL (bad cholesterol), and is good for your weight, energy, mood, and more.
However, with summer heat there are extra precautions to take.
Exercising in hot and humid conditions can lead to serious overheating and not enough water inside you. To help prevent this, you can:
Slow your pace
Exercise during cooler morning or evening hours
Work out in an air-conditioned place
What to drink
Be sure to always drink enough water. Drink water until you’re no longer thirsty before and, if needed, during exercise. Drink after you exercise, too.
Stick with water. Most people don’t need sports drinks like Gatorade or Powerade, unless they’re doing endurance exercise. Water is healthier and cheaper.
Summer exercise tips
Partially fill your water bottle the night before your workout and put it in the freezer. Top it off in the morning and you're ready to go! As the ice melts, you have cold water, which is refreshing!
When running or walking, try to plan a shady route. Sometimes, says Vida Health Coach Roxanne, this is as simple as running on the opposite side of the street. Staying out of the direct sun makes a temperature difference.
Wear moisture-wicking fabrics. Exercise clothes made of 100 percent cotton just end up soaking up sweat and weighing you down.
Cover your head! A hat with mesh panels or a visor deflects heat from your head and protect your scalp, face, and neck from the sun.
Use sunglasses (don’t forget the safety strap). This protects your eyes and helps you better see your surroundings, so you can be aware of your footing and any traffic.