Now that winter is gone, and spring will soon be over, we make plans to begin our exercise routine. Not that we were not exercising indoors during winter, or challenging the weather during spring, but many persons prefer to exercise when the weather is much warmer. Preparation is very important when planning to go out in the sun on any given day. Exercising outdoors though is good and your bodies wellbeing must be taken seriously. Things to put in place before going outdoors for exercising:
Time to Exercise
If you plan to do a run before work, even if you have a daytime job that starts in the afternoon, it is best you run in the morning before 10:00 am. This time is cooler, and it is advised you get the weather report for that day. If it is going to be extremely hot care must be taken.
Dress for the Heat
Wearing loose fitting clothes is good. This will help the body to keep cool and evaporates sweat during your run. Clothes made of bamboo fibers or cotton is recommended, as they wear well in the heat. Light colors are also recommended, as dark colors will attract heat more. Wearing sunscreen is a must and it is recommended you use one with SPF 45, which protects your skin from sunburn.
Hydrate for the Heat
Water is the best liquid for hydrating your body before, during and after a run, especially in the heat. Drink a glass or two before you begin your run, and stop intermittently during your exercise routine and have a drink. Some persons may choose to do some exercises at the park as part of their exercise routine, which is okay. The thing to remember is to hydrate yourself during these times as well. Drink a few glasses more when you are done exercising. If you prefer drinking a sports drink, this is good as well because it contains electrolytes and salt. For persons who prefer to drink water, it is best you take some electrolyte supplements containing sodium to offset the lack in your body during your exercise routine.
Choose Your Exercise Route Carefully
Persons living in the rural areas may have an easier time of choosing a more shaded path to run. Living in the city may pose a challenge. Ensure you do all the above advisories if you are unable to run in a shaded area. Check the weather as well, this helps you to make an informed decision whether to exercise at home or go out. If your weather report indicates extreme high temperatures and any air pollution, then it is best you stay home. Exposing your body to these conditions may cause some respiratory issues or even heat stroke if you are not careful.
Regardless if you are an active individual, maybe you were lax in exercising during winter and spring, pay careful attention to your body. If you find you get dizzy, muscle cramps, nausea or issues breathing, or even chest pains during your run, it is important you stop. Get yourself checked by a doctor before continuing on your exercise routine.