Summer’s here, and the cheerful sunshine and warmer temperatures make it easier to work out. You don’t want to spend all your free time exercising, though. Maximize every workout this summer to achieve the best results and have more time for other fun seasonal activities.
Wear the Right Clothing
It’s impossible to move properly or want to exercise if you’re wearing the wrong clothing. A moisture-wicking tank top helps you stay cool, and sturdy shoes support your entire body. Wear a hat and sunglasses, too, as you stay comfortable while exercising outdoors.
Schedule your Workouts
You’ll feel more motivated to exercise harder when you’re not worried about heat exposure. Early morning or later evening workouts help you avoid the hottest part of the day.
Also, record your workout plans on your calendar. You’ll stay motivated to keep your exercise appointments when they’re printed on your schedule and you know exactly which activities you will do.
Drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout. Otherwise, your body may be unable to tolerate the summer heat. Ideally, consume half of your body weight in ounces to stay hydrated.
Train with Someone
Ask a friend, co-worker or your kids to join you. You’re more likely to stay motivated to work out every day if you have a buddy encouraging you to keep moving.
Summer workouts can include more than gym machines. Go outside and have fun as you hike, swim or play tennis. For even faster results, do two workouts a day. Choose a gym workout or early morning run, then spend time later in the day engaging in a fun but physically active sport or activity.
Alternate workouts often since you’ll burn more calories when you keep your body guessing. You’re also more likely to stick with your exercise program when you try new movements and activities.
Use the Proper Form
You waste time and energy and increase your injury risk when you squat or run improperly. Learn how to do each activity properly to maximize each workout and improve efficiency.
Listen to your Body
Take a break if you feel dizzy, nauseated or lightheaded. Those are signs that your body needs to rest and hydrate.
Create a Cool Off Plan
Pack an ice towel for your forehead, underarms or neck in case you need to cool down quickly during your workout. You can also plan to walk in an air-conditioned mall or swim to stay cool while exercising.
See your Doctor
Whether you’re new to summer workouts or an experienced exerciser, visit your doctor. Ensure you’re healthy enough for physical activity, and get pointers on how to protect yourself as you maximize your workouts this summer.