Most Australian’s love their summer and it’s the time of year that we see a combination of people feeling extra motivated to get outdoors and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, while they exercise.
However, many of us can struggle on those extra hot, sunny days and we often hear the common excuse “it's too hot outside to exercise" – and this is where many fall behind in their activity levels and overall health and fitness goals.
I catch myself repeatedly giving out advice around how to maintain activity levels, and how to exercise safely in the hot weather, so I thought I would share these tips with you...
Avoid the hottest part of the day when exercising outdoors. Instead, an early morning walk is a great way to start the day and steer clear of the hot temperatures and high UV levels.
Wear light clothes and avoid dark coloured clothing, as this will absorb more heat.
Choose areas that have shade or exercise near the beach, where the temperature is cooler and the sea breeze is present.
Hydrate before and after exercising and take regular drink breaks in between longer sessions. Remember that when you exercise in the heat your body will tire quicker and take longer to recover, so don't expect to be able to do as much as a cooler day.
Consider exercising indoors and trying another form of exercise like gym, Pilates, swimming or even Hydrotherapy.
Keep these simple tips in mind to help you remain active and fit during hot weather in a safe manner.
Support is available should you wish to start a specific exercise program or if you’ve got an injury or health concern that limits your activity levels.
We are always here to give you appropriate advice or guidance on other forms of exercise. Feel free to give us a call or discuss with a physio, next time you're at The Physio Clinic.
Matt Curnow - Physiotherapist
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