For the Hottest Workouts, Be PreparedPosted: August 21, 2017 in Getting Active, Lifestyle by Craig Primack MD FACP
In Scottsdale, it doesn’t matter what time of the year it is: Arizona is hot. While the Spring and Summer months are the most unbearable in many ways, just about any day of the year holds the potential for incredibly high temperatures.
But as part of your medical weight loss program, you need to figure out ways that you can stay active—and that usually means getting outside for a quick workout once a day. This means that you are going to have to face the heat, and when you do so, it is best that you are prepared.
Staying Cool for Weight Loss
The best thing that you can do when you are going outside to work out in the heat is to stay hydrated. During your weight loss program you are already encouraged to drink a lot of water, especially instead of sugary drinks like sodas and juices.
You can help yourself stay hydrated by following these basic tips:
- Drink a full serving (at least 8 ounces) of water an hour before working out
- Drink another serving of water (another 8 ounces) for every hour that you are outside
- Add another serving of water if the temperature is above 90 degrees
Of course, these are just basic guidelines. If you are feeling thirsty during a workout, then you need to stop and have a drink. Dehydration doesn’t happen instantly, but that doesn’t mean it won’t sneak up on you. If you aren’t drinking enough water regularly, then there is a chance that you could start to experience symptoms of dehydration rather quickly after heading out in the sun. What’s worse, many people don’t realize that what they are experiencing is dehydration, which can lead to serious trouble.
Symptoms of dehydration include:
- Dry skin
If you are experiencing symptoms of dehydration, then you need to focus on hydrating before you exert any more fluids by sweating. To ensure that you are able to stay healthy through your workout, make a point to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
In addition to hydration issues, the next biggest concern that too many people face as they begin including outdoor exercise into their daily lifestyle is sunburn. You can prevent sunburn by wearing SPF every day, and by using protective clothing including hats and long-sleeved moisture-wicking shirts that are designed to keep you cool as you sweat.
Preparing your body beforehand by staying hydrated and wearing the right clothing as you head outside can help you maximize your energy and workout potential as you head outside, and this can help you achieve the greatest weight loss results.