Whether it’s too hot, too wet or too cold, there’s always an excuse to put off exercising until tomorrow. However, with the average American taking just 4,774 steps of the recommended 10,000 steps per day, there’s really no excuse not to put on your workout gear and get sweaty. Each summer the country basks in week after week of hot and sticky temperatures which often discourages individuals from participating in any sort of exercise, but when you’re aiming for fast fitness results, it’s vital you embrace the summer sun and get outside.
Consider the time of day
The hottest part of the day is typically around 3:30pm, therefore, it’s advisable to avoid working out around this time. Early mornings and evenings tend to be cooler so during the summer months you may need to mix up your routine in order to fit in your training session. Consider setting your alarm an hour earlier than usual and exercising as the sun rises. Not only will you have completed your workout before breakfast, but, if you head outside, you’ll get to witness an amazing view too.
Whether you’re meeting your personal trainer at the park or you’re keeping things simple in your backyard, when it’s hot outside, it’s important you take precautions and dress for the weather. Opt for lightweight pieces of clothing made from thin cotton and which are loose fitting, but make sure you wear appropriate footwear to ensure your feet and ankle joints are well protected. Sunscreen should always be liberally applied when you’re heading out in the sun and ensure you’ve got plenty of water handy too.
On a balmy 90 degrees day, you’re unlikely to want to hit the streets or local park to go for a jog, but that doesn’t you can’t get your daily fitness fix. For those who prefer to exercise and workout at home in their home gym or with a personal trainer, it’s worth having air conditioning installed so that you can keep cool and put your all into each session. Alternatively, head to your local gym and utilize their air con or go for a swim at your local pool. Swimming is a great sport which works the entire body and is gentle on aching joints and it can be done by just about anyone.
Exercising in the summer can be just as effective as exercising at any other time of year, when you know how. To get the most from your workout, choose the time of day you start your training session wisely, ensure you dress appropriately for the heat and consider selecting exercises which are more suitable and enjoyable in high temperatures.