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Walking (Exercising) Outdoors in the Summer

By June 10, 2013December 9th, 2014Daily Posts/Tips

With weather already in the mid-90’s, we may be in for a long, hot summer.

Knowing a few simple things can make your outdoor exercise program a breeze:  safe and productive throughout the summer months.

1.  Mornings have the highest humidity during the day while afternoons have the highest temperature.  Depending on what conditions you perform best under, time your workout to take advantage of optimal outdoor conditions.

2.  Sports drinks are not the healthiest choices for hydration.  (Gatorade will stop putting brominated vegetable oil (BVO), a synthetic chemical that is used as a flame retardant in their product, but for now it’s still in the popular drink.)  Pure, un-chlorinated water is the best choice, but you can go to our Resource link (Recipes) and download a Power Water recipe which is excellent for amateur and pro athlete alike.

3. Wearing a cap or sun visor is good protection.

4.  Exercising with your pet:  if the pavement is too hot for you to walk barefooted, it is too hot for your pet to walk on.  Your dog will do as you ask so be a good, loving steward for your ‘best friend’.  Dogs are subject to heat exhaustion just like people and it can be fatal for your animal.

 

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