When temperatures go up, being active outdoors can be more challenging. It’s easier to become overheated when the sun is beaming down all day. Warm months are also more humid and with humidity, sweat doesn’t evaporate as quickly, so the body has a harder time cooling off.
There are plenty of indoor locations to be active in air conditioning, but for those who prefer outdoor activities, a few tips to stay active outside in warmer months include:
- Time of day. Try to avoid exercising outside in the early afternoon when the sun’s rays are the strongest between noon and 3pm.
- Hydrate before, during and after physical activity. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, bring a bottle of water with you to drink.
- Dress in lightweight, loose-fitting and light colored clothes. Wear sunglasses, a hat and plenty of sunscreen.
- Take frequent breaks. Listen to your body, allow yourself time to adapt to the heat and seek shade.
“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Ralph Waldo Emerson