It's a Movement for Movement Monday at Aortic Hope.
😎 Summer is here and we all know how tempting it is to stay indoors with the AC on full blast. But don't let the heat stop you from getting some exercise and enjoying the outdoors. Here are some tips on how to stay safe in the heat while still moving your body.
-💦 Stay hydrated. This is a no-brainer, but it's easy to forget to drink enough water when you're sweating buckets. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water a day, and more if you're active. You can also add some electrolytes to your water or drink sports drinks to replenish the minerals you lose through sweat.
🥵 Avoid the hottest part of the day. The sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so try to schedule your workouts for early morning or evening. You'll avoid the risk of heatstroke, sunburn, and dehydration, and you'll feel more comfortable and energized.
🎽 Wear light, breathable clothing. Choose fabrics that wick away moisture and allow air to circulate. Avoid dark colors that absorb heat and make you feel hotter. You can also wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun's rays.
🏊♂️ Choose low-intensity activities. You don't have to run a marathon or workout in the heat. You can still get a good workout by doing low-impact exercises like walking, biking, swimming, yoga, or pilates. These activities will keep your heart rate and body temperature lower, and you'll still burn calories and tone your muscles.
😵💫 Listen to your body. The most important thing is to pay attention to how you feel and stop if you notice any signs of heat exhaustion or heatstroke. These include dizziness, nausea, headache, confusion, rapid heartbeat, or fainting. If you experience any of these symptoms, get out of the heat, drink water, and seek medical attention if needed.
❤️ We hope these tips help you stay safe and healthy in the heat while still moving your body. While we know doing nothing is still doing something, you don't have to sacrifice your fitness goals for your comfort. You can have both with some planning after speaking with your doctor and common sense. Whatever your physician has cleared you to do, do but take into consideration the temperatures and your surrounding.