While it is true that summer workouts are much more interesting since you get to exercise outdoors, it can also get kind of messy and uncomfortable for many of us hence, not exactly our favorite time of the year to do some pushups. Many individuals also switch to lighter modes of exercise such as yoga and Zumba that can be managed at home because hitting the gym in summers can be a lazy and demanding job.
If not taken care of, your fitness routine can cause you a variety of problems such as sunburn and dehydration, hence these following mistakes should be omitted if you want a hassle free healthy summer.
Not drinking enough water
While it’s essential not to give up on your water bottle during your workout, care needs to be taken about not forgetting about hydrating yourself at other times as well, especially before and after you work out. Even if you aren’t necessarily thirsty, take a few sips especially if you are outdoors in order to prevent your body from becoming dehydrated.
Not carrying a sunscreen
A lot of individuals even today do not feel a need to carry a sunblock and others just don’t know how much SPF is suitable for their skin. Do a little bit of research on that if your skin is on any extremes, otherwise, an SPF-45 sunblock is what works for all and hence is safest to use. This is important for those people who switch to alternative workouts in summers like hiking, cycling, swimming and outdoor yoga etc. Because these people are more prone to getting sunburned.
Not choosing the right apparel
While you might prefer skin-tight clothing for the rest of the year, give your skin a chance to breathe in summers and pick not only loose fitted clothes but also clothes that are in light colors that reflect heat instead of dark colors that rather absorb it, making you feel very scratchy during the workout. While cotton T-Shirts may sound like a good idea, what you want to pick is basically a material that draws as much sweat away from your body as possible. Hence, opt for fabrics that are a blend containing lycra or spandex, usually used to design active wear.
Not choosing a cooler time
Okay, so it’s hot because summer is here and even the nights would be kind of warm and fuzzy but do you really have to just workout between 11 am and 3 pm when the sun is at its peak and the temperature is at its worst? Choose a cooler time frame, it can be anytime after the sun sets or early in the morning after 6 pm before you go for work or college is a good time anyway.
Not giving up on coffee before workout
One of the deadliest and most unhealthy activities is dehydrating your body before you even step on the treadmill, and a lot of us actually do this by having coffee as soon as they wake up before their exercise routine; even in summers when you are already sweating as hell. Avoid chai as well, just before you start doing your workout. You can have it later. Focus on fruit juices or a glass of water instead.