Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hot-Weather Exercising

Hello everyone.  I hope you’ve been working those abs, buns and well, the total body while you enjoy your summer.  If you’re here in GA, or other places where the heat is extreme (our heat index is exceeding 110), you should take extreme caution when having fun in the sun.  I don’t do well in the heat, but if you like being outside in these temperatures, be careful.

Prepping for Outdoor Activities:

If you plan to jog/run outside or engage in other outdoor events or sports, try to do your activities doing the cooler parts of the day and be cognizant of the rising temperatures.  Drink plenty of water even if you’re not thirsty.  Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and avoid dark colors.  Also, a light-colored hat can limit your exposure to the sun.  And, please don’t forget the sunscreen. Some people think they do not need sunscreen, but believe me when I say that we all need sunscreen if we’re going to take part in outdoor activities in this heat.  (For additional tips on beating the summer heat and symptoms of heat related illnesses, see Beat the Heat and Survive the Summer.)   

Hot Weather No Excuse:

Now don’t try to use hot weather as an excuse for skipping your workouts ladies and gents.  There are work-arounds.  For me, this is the time of the year that I workout almost exclusively indoors.  I may go out for walks before the sun comes up or late evening after the sun goes down (even then it’s near 80 degrees here with the humidity just about the same).  In case you haven’t figured it out, I do not like hot, humid weather!  :-)  But I still workout.

So don’t let the heat stop you from reaching your fitness goals.  Just take the necessary precautions and we’ll still be chatting this time next year.

About the author:  C. Small is the Owner/Manager of CVS Unlimited, LLC and a health and fitness enthusiast with more than 31 years of military training.  The Company’s desire is to educate you on the dangers of obesity and help you achieve a healthy lifestyle by combining good nutrition with the right exercises, and using the right equipment for lasting results.

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