Summer is a great time to be outdoors and get some exercise. But high temperatures, poor air quality and strenuous activity are a dangerous combination. Here are some tips on how to stay fit this summer while avoiding the risks.
Go early or late. Early morning and later in the evening are the best times to fit some exercise into your routine. The temperature isn’t as high and the sun isn’t at its peak. The levels of most pollutants in the air are lower before 8:00 am and after 8:00 pm.
Avoid overdoing it. Short periods of exercise can help avoid over-exertion, especially when we’re not used to the heat. Studies have shown that three ten minute exercise sessions have the same benefits as a full half hour, so splitting up your routine won’t cost you in the long run.
Keep hydrated. According to the Cleveland Clinic, drink 8-12 oz. of water before you exercise, and then 6-10 oz. for every 20-30 minutes of exercise, and another cup when you’re done.
Know the warning signs and listen to your body. The most important thing you can do to safe guard your health is to stop and rest if you don’t “feel right.”