With hot summer days upon us it’s inevitable that more time will be spent outside, including time spent on physical activity.
Let’s face it; nobody wants to be in the gym on a beautiful summer day.
However, with average daily temperatures much higher and the sun strong there are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when planning your outdoor excursions.
(Keep in mind – the intention of this post is not to be a downer, but to realistically plan ahead to avoid some summer bummers)
So let’s take a look at how to plan ahead for outdoor exercise:
Water is very important. According to Arthur Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology “the total amount of water in a man of average weight (70 kilograms) is approximately 40 litres, averaging 57 percent of his total body weight.” We are clearly made up of a lot of water.
It is easier to sweat and burn off water, electrolytes and salt when it’s hot outside making it very important to drink plenty and replenish to avoid dehydration.
Pack a cooler in your trunk with a few extra water bottles. Ensure each of your bags has a water bottle in it. An empty bottle can be filled at park water fountains, as long as you have one with you.
Feeling the sun on your skin is such a wonderful sensation, especially for us Northerners who relish in the few months of the year where we truly feel the heat of the sun. Never-the-less the sun burns and one must be cautious to avoid getting burnt.
There are natural options for sunscreen. See the article The 21 Most Affordable Natural Sunscreens. And again, pack sunscreen in every bag and leave one in the trunk of the car.
Additionally, sport a hat! It will protect your face from harmful rays and give you a sporty summer look at the same time.
Finally, know your limit. If the sun has been blessing your skin for a good part of the day, sit in the shade. Too much of anything, even a good thing is simply too much.
Chafing and Blisters:
It is important to wear shoes that fit properly, with socks that cover your ankles. Chafing leads to blisters, that inevitable lead to unhappy feet.
If you do encounter a blister there are natural and effective ways to treat it. See How to treat blisters naturally here www.naturalnews.com/blisters_natural_remedies.
Other helpful tips include:
• Choose the time of day wisely. Early mornings and evenings are great times to exercise outside because the temperatures are slightly cooler.
• Wear clothing that allows for a breeze to travel through, loose and airy. Also wear clothes that are lightly coloured to minimize absorption of the suns heat.
• Listen to your needs. If your body feels tired or you start to feel dizzy or nauseous stop and rest and replenish!
And of course … Have fun!!! Do you have any favourite summer pastimes to share? Give us a holler on Facebook or Twitter!
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Thank you and happy living from Docere Wellness Center in Calgary www.docerewellness.com