4 Tips for a Safe Summer Fitness Workout
Summer days are finally here! But after exercising in cooler temperatures, hot and humid days can feel overwhelming – even for the most experienced fitness guru. Mount Vernon Athletic Club wants you to have a safe fitness workout this summer. Here are a few tips for staying cool while you get your sweat on.
1. Drink Up During Your Fitness Workout
Working out in hot weather naturally increases your body temperature, which causes you to sweat. If exposed to hot temperatures too long, your body’s natural cooling system can fail. And if you exercise when it’s humid out, your sweat doesn’t evaporate as readily, which causes your body temperature to increase even more.
That’s why it’s important to stay hydrated and drink lots of water – we tend to loose 2% to 3% of water during exercise. Another way to replace valuable electrolyte loss is to eat a piece of fruit during a break. A lot of fruits and veggies are up to 90% water, plus the added nutrients to keep your workout going strong.
2. Keep an Eye on the Weather
If there’s a heat advisory (high ozone and air pollution), you might want to take your fitness workout indoors. These pollutants can damage your lungs or worse, cause heat exhaustion. Each year, approximately 6,000 Americans are rushed to the emergency room after overheating during a sport or recreational activity.
Instead of battling the heat and pollution, visit your nearby gym for a climate-controlled environment. At MTVAC, for example, we offer year round tennis programs and clinics with indoor tennis courts in Northern Virginia. Not to mention our group fitness classes and state-of-the-art equipment that fit your schedule anytime.
3. Listen To Your Body
The summertime doesn’t mean you have to stop your fitness workouts all together! Just listen to your body. If you start to feel dizzy, faint or nauseous, stop your workout immediately. It’s better to take it easy than push your body to the point where you are endangering your health and well being.
4. Wear Loose, Light-Colored Clothing
When taking your workout outdoors, light colors will help reflect the heat, and cotton material will help evaporate sweat. Many clothing stores and brands offer specially designed, hi-tech gear that wicks away moisture. Shirts, shorts and pants are made from material meant to keep you cool, indoors and out. Some even protect you from the sun’s harsh UV rays.
Take Your Northern Virginia Fitness Workout Indoors
When you join Mount Vernon Athletic Club, you join a fitness community that’s dedicated to a holistic approach benefiting your entire well being, all year long. From cardio and weight machines to group fitness classes, personal trainers and tennis instructors, we have tons of resources to help keep you in shape even when summer is long gone! Check out our clinics and programs for weight loss and nutrition. Then try us for FREE for 7 days!