Hey y’all, so who’s sweating already? For this Wellness Wednesday, I figured I’d talk about some summer workout tips. In Florida, it’s already hot as Hades, and the temps are no joke. Which means, as someone who works out daily, you have to make sure you are able to do so in a healthy, safe manner, which isn’t easy in this summer heat.
Temperatures lately have been in the high 90’s feeling like 100’s, thanks humidity. This means, that there are a few guidelines you need to follow when doing a summer workout.
- Workout outside in the morning or late evening. To avoid heatstroke and serious dehydration, make sure you get your outdoor runs or workouts done in the early morning or late evening. With the longer summer days, you can do this easily, getting things done before or after work, and when it’s a little cooler. I say that with emphasis on “little cooler” because even at 7 am I’ve gone outside and started sweating just trying to drink a cup of coffee.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. This is something I am absolutely terrible at, I do my workouts daily, I eat healthy, but for some reason, drinking enough water is a challenge to me. It’s something I am actively working on, but it’s even more important in the summer before and after workouts to drink plenty of water. Before you even get out of bed, try to drink 8 ounces of water to start your day off, and definitely drink some water before working out and then most definitely after. Even in the middle of some, take some small sips. It’ll help keep you hydrated and going, but won’t slosh around in your stomach, which can be very uncomfortable during a workout.
- Wear appropriate clothing. I see so many people out running in long leggings in the Florida heat, and I understand what they’re trying to do, I know it’s a method to lose more weight, but you lose water weight, which ultimately makes you more dehydrated. So instead, wear loose breathable clothing, clothing that is made to wick moisture away, to help you to remain cool, so you can power through your workout.
- Snack appropriately after. Try to snack on foods that can help you regain hydration and even electrolytes. Watermelon is a great snack for after a workout, it barely has calories, and is mainly water. It’ll also go well with some protein, mixed nuts or even a cool protein smoothie.
- Workout inside if possible. I’ve been using a workout app, and am lucky enough to have a treadmill to run on for my cardio, so I’m able to workout in the air conditioning. This is a lifesaver for Florida summers, so if possible, complete your workouts inside the house in the AC.
- Add swimming to your routine. This may be a bit more difficult with the pandemic, but if you have your own pool, it’s easy to add swimming some laps to your daily schedule. You’ll stay cool and get a workout in. If you have a neighborhood pool that’s open, go there during less busy times so you can social distance and get some laps in.
Do you have any summer tips you’d like to share? Comment below!