Summer’s finally here, and it’s the perfect time to start a new workout regimen. With the weather warming up and skies clearing, you might even consider exercising outside. Although this has its advantages, it also has some disadvantages. If you do workout outdoors, make sure to avoid these mistakes:
1) Starting Late
If the morning is the best time for you to work out, then consider getting an early start. Pushing your workout to a later time will put you at risk for overheating. If a morning workout is not an option to you, consider working out at sundown, as the heat begins to wane.
2) Drinking Caffeine Before Exercising
If you’re a coffee addict, postpone your cup of java until after your workout. Highly caffeinated beverages act as diuretics, which cause your body to lose more fluid than normal. Drink plenty of cool — not cold — water before each workout instead.
3) Not Eating Enough Post-Workout
When exercising in the heat, you need to restore your water and energy supplies. Replenish your fuel with healthy food. Eat about 30 minutes after your exercise regimen. Some filling post-workout foods include hard boiled eggs, carrot sticks and homemade smoothies.
4) Wearing Dark Clothing
Dark colors absorb the heat, which makes working out much more difficult. Consider wearing lighter colors that reflect the sun. Pastels and neon colors are perfect for outdoor activities, as they reflect the sun and make you stand out to others.
5) Wearing Clothes That Are Too Loose
Loose-fitting clothing can cause chafing when mixed with sweat. Wear clothing that is not too loose or too tight. Another way to prevent chafing is to wear spandex under looser-fitting workout clothes. And, of course, wear sunscreen on all areas of exposed skin to avoid sunburn. Even when it is cloudy outside, you can still get burned.
6) Not Staying Hydrated While Swimming
Many people forget to consume water while swimming. Swimming in water doesn’t have the same effect as hydrating your body. Swimming is a workout, so it's important to drink plenty of water, even while swimming in it!
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