Staying Healthy and Active During Spring & Summer

 

springIt’s May, and in some states, the weather is already warming up to summer temperatures.  Warm summer weather makes it a great time to be active.  But it’s always important to be safe in the heat when working out.

Here are five tips on how to stay cool while being active in the sun:

Dress Appropriately

It’s important to remember how to dress when outside in the warm weather. Wearing clothes that are heavier and thicker will result in you heating up faster than normal.  Try to wear clothes made out of cotton or linen, and wear lighter color clothes since dark colors hold in heat rather then reflect it.

Stay Hydrated

Not only is it important to keep fluids with you during your activity outside, but throughout the day as well.  Even if you’re taking a day off of being active, drinking plenty of fluids during the day helps you maintain a healthy state, so when you’re ready to hit the trails, you don’t have to make up for lost fluid.

Take it Easy During the First Couple of Weeks

As we adjust to the change from spring to summer, our bodies need the same adjustment for the change in temperature.  When it comes to taking hikes or runs during peak hours of the sun, try to take it slow, allowing your body to become accustomed to the warmer weather.

Snack Frequently

Just as it is important to stay hydrated, the same goes for eating and nutrition.  When you’re exerting yourself outside, you are sweating and burning calories.  Having snacks such as fruits and energy bars on hand at all times, can help maintain a healthy energy level, giving you the ability to stay out longer.

Avoid Peak Hours of the Sun

There are certain times during the day where the sun is the strongest.  Peak hours of the sun vary, but usually range from 11am until 3pm.  So it’s best to head out for that run or hike in the morning time or later afternoon when the sunshine is not as strong.

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician prior to implementing any new exercise routines or dietary changes.

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