With summer here, many people are getting outdoors for their workouts. This is great! There is nothing like working out in the great outdoors. However, whether you are working out while outdoors or inside, there are some workout mistakes that you are going to want to avoid this summer.
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1. Not Hydrating Properly
Now is not the time to drink only when you a thirsty. The summer heat can dehydrate you even faster. So, when working out be sure that you are taking in enough fluids to handle this workout. Keep a bottle of water with you while working out and be sure to drink a glass or two before you are working out to stay hydrated.
2. Not Wearing Sunscreen
With many people working out outside, they are going to not want to wear sunscreen. Why is this? It may be greasy feeling or they may think that hey, I’m just going to be outside for 20 minutes or so. That is not the way to be! Remember to put on SPF 30 or higher when going outdoors this summer, and if you are outside for very long, this sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 45 minutes to an hour.
3. Not Checking the Time
You do not want to workout outdoors during the hottest part of the day, as this is placing unnecessary stress on your body. You should avoid exercise outdoors during the hours between 10 am and 3 pm, when it is often the hottest. Workout in the morning or during the cooler evening hours.
4. Wearing the Wrong Clothes
What you wore before, such as those skin hugging outfits, are not what you want to wear outdoors. These types of clothing can cause your skin to be rubbed wrong, resulting in painful rashes, and they can also make you sweat worse. Opt to wear loose fitting cotton clothes to help whisk the sweat away from the body.
5.Thinking You Have to Stick to Those Personal Records
If you were working out indoors and running 4 miles on a treadmill, don’t think that you have to set to this record when outdoors. In fact, many people find that they cannot do the same workout outdoors that they can indoors due to the conditions that they are facing. Set a different record that you want to meet that takes into consideration the weather.