Exercising outdoors in the hot summer sun can have many risks, but also be very rewarding. Exercising outdoors can be safely done as long as safety rules are strictly followed. Paying attention to your body is very important when exercising outdoors.
The biggest dangers of exercising outdoors is dehydration. Dehydration can lead to more serious complications and even death. Staying hydrated is the key to safely exercising outdoors during the hot summer months. It is vital to be well hydrated before starting an exercise routine. It is also very important to stay hydrated throughout your routine by drinking plenty of water.
As your body becomes heated it cools itself off by sweating. When you sweat you are losing water from your body. This water must be replaced quicker than you are losing it. If this delicate balance is not maintained than you can easily become dehydrated. Signs of dehydration include dry mouth, thirst, darkened urine, decreased urination, and even feeling lightheaded. A quick drop in weight is also an indicator of dehydration.
If dehydration is not effectively treated it can become life threatening. You can easily go into heat exhaustion once you become dehydrated. To avoid dehydration drink plenty of fluids, and when possible exercise when it is coolest outside like in the early morning or later in the evenings. Also try wearing loose clothing which allows your skin to breath. It is also important to remember you may need to slow down the hotter outside it becomes. Always remember to pay attention to your body when exercising outside and replace water in your body to avoid dehydration.