Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that summer is here. Even then, rocks get hot in the sun! With the temperature quickly rising, here’s a list of tips to help you stay cool this summer while working out both inside and outside.
How to Stay Cool Outside
We don’t all have the luxury of working out indoors under air conditioning system. In fact, many people prefer to exercise outside. If you choose to work out outdoors, it is important to exercise during the cool hours of the day (early morning or late evening) to avoid causing harm to your body like heat exhaustion. The hottest part of the day is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., so exercise earlier in the morning or later in the evening. Below are a few quick tips for staying cool while working out outside:
1- Wear cotton clothing in light colors instead of other materials
The lighter color will help reflect the heat while the cotton material will help the sweat evaporate.
2- Plant some trees in front of your house or backyard to create more shade
If you don’t own a home, find trees in a local park. The important part is to stay in the shade as much as possible to avoid sunburns and heat exhaustion.
3- Utilize the pool for water aerobics
What better way to keep cool than submerging yourself into nice, cool water? Not to mention, water aerobics is a great way to increase strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health – and it helps reduce stress on your joints because of the buoyancy of the water.
4- Drink plenty of water
It’s also a good idea to carry an adequate amount so you can pour some over your head to cool off. You can also freeze your water bottle so that when you go outside, it will stay colder longer.
How to Stay Cool Inside
Working out inside is a great way to beat the summer heat. However, you don’t want to increase your cooling bills by cranking the AC. Instead, you can use these tips:
5- Use fans
In order to keep your cooling bills at a decent rate, you can turn the thermostat down a bit and use a fan instead to compensate for the extra heat. According to Reliantairconditioning.com, “Raising your thermostat by just one degree can save an average of $40 per month.” So, utilize fans by strategically placing them in front of you while you work out. This will save a significant amount of money over time, and still keep you cool while working out.
6- Think outside the box (or home)
If you prefer to work out inside, but don’t have a gym membership and prefer not to workout in your home, you can go to a shopping mall and walk around for exercise. That way, you’ll stay cool, while burning calories, and window shopping! Preferably don’t bring any cash or credit card with you as you would be tempted to make purchases. Your sole goal is to walk, walk, and walk through the air-conditioned mall to increase your metabolism
It’s important to remember not to overdo it. This is especially true while working out outdoors. It’s important to stay fit, just keep the heat in mind to avoid heat exhaustion, cramps, or other complications.