Summer is Almost Here - What to Consider When Exercising Outdoors?

Summer is just around the corner.


With the warm weather fast approaching, it’s prime time to get back into your workout routines.


Even though the ongoing pandemic and restrictions prevent you from visiting your favourite gym, that doesn’t mean you can’t exercise anymore.


Now’s the perfect time to take your workout outdoors and take advantage of the summer season.


There are a few things you should consider to ensure you can enjoy your workout safely. If you keep the following considerations in mind, you can have fun, enjoy the breeze, and maybe even get a tan!


Stay Hydrated

Whenever you are exercising, you should always replenish your body with enough fluids. This is even more important in the hot summer weather where you are more likely to experience dehydration.


Dehydration impacts your body’s ability to function causing low energy, headache, an overworked heart, and overheating.


Stretch Before and After Your Workout

Stretching before and after a workout helps loosen up your muscles, decrease muscle tensions, and increase flexibility to reduce the chance of injuries. When you are out in the sun, the heat can help you enhance the efficacy of stretching.


Pick the Right Time

Working out when the sun is at its peak increases your chances of dehydration, heatstroke, and injury. Early morning or evening are the best times because the temperature outside is a lot cooler.


Alternate Exercises

Cross-training is important because you don’t want to overuse any one set of muscles. Changing the exercises you do ensures you are using all your muscle groups and makes your workout more fun too!


Know Your Body

It’s best to listen to your body because it knows your limits. If your body says it’s too hot outside, opt for an indoor workout instead or try lighter activities such as walking or jogging.

If your body shows signs of dizziness, nausea, issues with your vision, or a dry mouth, you could have pushed yourself over your limits. If this happens, it’s important to stop, rest, and contact your physician for help.


In addition, overexercising increases your chance of injuries. According to WebMD, common workout injuries include:

  • Muscle pull and strain

  • Shoulder injury

  • Tendinitis

  • Shin splint

  • Knee injury

  • And more

If you do get injured exercising outdoors, shockwave therapy can help ease the pain and treat your injury. Reach out to us as soon as possible so you can get back outside as soon as possible.

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