Summer is the best time of the year to go outside and have fun or exercise. There are many outdoor activities to choose from during summer, and everything is more fun out during this period. But, the summer heat can be too hot sometimes especially for those in Arizona. If you don’t stay hydrated during this period, you might get dehydrated and suffer from light-headedness which can lead to muscle cramps, seizures, confusion, nausea, or even death in extreme cases. So, if you are planning to get out there and sweat it out during this summer, then read on for some of the things to keep in mind:
- Ease Up
You need to know when to ease up and relax especially for those who are used to indoor gyms. The chances are that you won’t be able to exercise at the pace you are used to. If you usually run or cycle, make sure you slow your speed, then gradually pick up the pace and length of your workout as your body adapts to the heat.
- Avoid the hottest part of the day
Wake up early to start your exercise before the heat of midday. If you can’t make it early enough, make sure you shower as soon as you’re done or jump in a pool to cool off.
- Wear light-colored, lightweight clothing
Dark colors are advisable for exercising because they can absorb heat, and make you feel like you are wrapped with a warm blanket. Allow more air to circulate over your skin, by keeping you cool.
- Drink up
Just as we stated earlier on, exercising in hot weather tend to increase the body temperature, and our body cooling system can start to fail if we don’t cool off after been exposed to soaring temperatures for too long.
- Keep track of your hydration levels.
Check your urine color is a good way to know that you’re hydrating properly. If it’s pale yellow, you’re well hydrated, and if it’s darker, then you need to drink more water. To be safe, do drink the recommended 8 to 10 ounces of water for every 20 minutes of activity. Also note that if you are on medication, this can affect the color of your urine.