8 Tips to Love Your Summer Workout

Photo courtesy of Raquel Baranow Flicker Creative Commons 2.0

Photo courtesy of Raquel Baranow Flicker Creative Commons 2.0

It’s coming up on that time of year again when you want to wear your cute sundresses, shorts and bikinis. If you slacked off a bit working out during the winter months, you may not be feeling all those skimpy summer outfits. Even if you have worked out all winter and spring, summer is a great time to change things up. Sizzling heat and summer vacation plans don’t have to stop your fitness goals. Summer workouts can be fun, effective and leave you looking great in your cutest summer clothes. Consider some of the workout tips below to get you moving.1. Head Outdoors: Being outside when the air is warm and the sun is shining is good for the body and mind. Just be careful to avoid working out at the hottest times of the day.

2. Something New: Summer is an excellent time to get out of your workout rut. Try something you have never done before, such as rowing, mountain biking or marathon training.

3. Consider Pool Workouts: If you’re looking for a workout, which combines cardio and strength training, plus keeps you cool, a pool workout is a good choice. Whether you swim or do water aerobics, working out in the water provides extra resistance, which builds strength, and it’s easy on the joints.

4. Have a Drink or Two: When you are working out during the summer months, you have to be sure to stay well hydrated. In most instances, water is your best bet to replace fluid lost through exercise and sweating. Be sure to drink water before, during and after your workout.

5. Exercise in the Morning: If possible, exercise first thing in the morning before it gets too hot. Another option is exercising outside at dusk. The temperatures are cooler, and you’ll get to enjoy watching the sunset.

6. Stay Committed: Summer may be a time for vacations, barbeques and getting together with friends. There may be several reasons why you don’t have the time for exercise. Throw in hot days and it’s easy to let your exercise routine take a backseat to summer fun. Find ways to stay motivated, such as setting goals or working out with a friend.

7. Dress the Part: If you will be exercising outdoors be sure to wear fabrics, such as polyester blends, which are made to wick away moisture. This type of fabric helps keep your skin cool. Also don’t forget the shades to protect your eyes and waterproof sunscreen is a must if exercising outdoors.

8. Be Safe: Although exercising outside can be enjoyable during the summer, be sure to know your limits. Conditions including heat exhaustion and heat cramps can develop when you are working out in hot weather. Symptoms of heat exhaustion may include nausea, headache, dizziness and fatigue. Excessive sweating, cramps in the legs and arms and fatigue are signs of heat cramps. With either condition, stop exercising, get to a cool location such as indoors with air conditioning and drink some water.