Thursday, May 26, 2011

Outdoor Workout Safety Tips

Now the winter months are gone and summer is almost here, it's tempting for active fitness junkies to move their workout from their exclusive fitness gym to the outdoors. At Sitaras Fitness we encourage our clients to participate in physical activity whenever possible. Not only does exercise boost our energy levels and increase our endorphins, but so does the sun. However, you should be aware of the dangers and risks that are involved when exposed to the sun's harmful rays and heat for long periods of time. Heat stroke, for example, happens when the body is overheated and loses its ability to control and regulate its temperature. Continue reading to find out tips provided by our fitness professionals on how to safely workout in the sun this summer.

Outdoor Workout Tips for Summer:

- Drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated.

- Between the hours of 10 am and 4pm the summer heat and humidity are at their highest levels. Too much humidity makes it harder for the body to cool off, so you should try to workout in the mornings or evenings. If you are unable to avoid the peak hours you should consider moving your workout indoors to your exclusive fitness gym where its air conditioned.

- Swimming is a great way to exercise and cool your body down at the same time. The water also creates resistance offering you the intense summer workout you were looking for.

- Wearing sunscreen is an outdoor precaution you should be taking all year round; however, it is most important in the summer. The sun's rays are the harshest during the summer months and taking care of your skin should be a top priority. All it takes is applying a 15 SPF sunscreen thirty minutes before your outdoor workout.

- Dress properly for the heat. Dark colors soak up heat so dress in light colors. You should also wear loose fitting clothing in a light material. If your clothing is too tight it will prevent air from circulating around your body.

To avoid the dangers of the summer heat altogether, stick to working out at your exclusive fitness gym.

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