Sweat it out, all summer long, with our top five summer workout tips.
RISE AND SHINE
Get your workout in early and you’ll be able to make the most of your evenings – relaxing on a patio, enjoying a BBQ or spending time outdoors with friends and family. When the sun is shining through your bedroom windows and the temperature’s cooler you’re probably getting up earlier anyway, so why not use that time for fitness?
If you’re already working out in the morning use the summer to tap into your sense of adventure by trying something new. This will challenge new muscle groups and challenge the way you think about a workout. Hop on your bike for an early morning ride, create your own AM workout in the park, or try an online at home workout.
If you switch your workout to the morning, don’t skip your fuel. If your workout is intense or longer than 30 minutes (long runs, HIIT class, an intense spin class) you’re going to need fuel. Look for premium carbohydrates and holistic stimulants to help get you get into the zone. Reach for Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer 20 minutes before and get ready to work that new workout plan. If you’re heading out for something lighter or less than 30 minutes (short bike ride, yoga or quick stand-up paddleboard session) you still want to get focused but might not need the fuel. For those workouts check out Vega Sport Sugar-Free Energizer with 100mg of caffeine and sweetened only with stevia.
SAVOR THE SUN, BUT DON’T FORGET TO THROW SOME SHADE
If you’re sweating it out in the sun make sure you scale back the intensity and scope out shady trees for breaks. Your body temperature naturally rises when you exercise, so adding heat or humidity to the mix will cause your body to produce even more sweat. That’s a good thing; sweat is our body’s natural cooling system. While we all love to get a good sweat on it’s important to listen to your body. Sweating too much could lead to a loss of too much water and electrolytes, to a point where your body can no longer cool off, known as heat exhaustion. Things can get worse if your body can no longer cool off and your core body temperature keeps rising, known as heat stroke.
PUT A LID ON IT
Don your favorite visor, and keep your head protected from the heat. Not only will you like you came to play but you’ll also protect your head from the heat and sun. Let’s face it; a sunburnt scalp isn’t a good look on anyone.
Pair your hat or visor with lightweight, breathable gear. Bonus points for gear made from moisture-wicking fabrics. You already read labels when it comes to what you put in your body. Summer is the time to start checking labels for what you put on your body. Focus on clothes that breathe or wick moisture away so you can keep your cool when the temperature rises.
KEEP YOUR COOL
Stay cool in the heat by sipping cool beverages before, during and after your workout. If you feel like you’re drinking so. much. water. but you still aren’t hydrated that could be because you’re missing essential electrolytes, such as calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium.
Take small sips of water all day long and incorporate electrolyte-rich foods into your day. Get your electrolytes with leafy green veggies and high water content foods like watermelon and cucumber. And if you’re looking for an easy (and refreshing) way to flavor your water while adding electrolytes, try Vega Sport® Hydrator.