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7 Things to remember while working out in summer

Summers can give you the best opportunity to sweat out excessive flab from your body. You must also, however, keep in mind that there are some dos and don’ts that must followed to avoid heat strokes and dehydration.

Exercise & Fitness By Vasudha BhatMay 12, 2015

Sweat it Out!

Summer is the right time when you can sweat out as much fat as you want to. However, there are a few things that one must always keep in mind while working out in summers because exercising in excess could result in stress, stroke, nausea, headache and dehydration.

Keep yourself Hydrated

This is the key rule to working out in summers. Always make sure that you carry a bottle of water with you every time you go for a workout session. Drink water before, during and after the workout to keep your body fully hydrated.

Pick the Right Hours to Workout

You must choose the right time of the day to workout. Exercise when the sun’s radiations are minimum, which is either early morning or late evening. This will prevent you from having a heat stroke.

Slow Down whenever Needed

The heat can sometimes slower down your pace. Don’t try to push your body to its limits. Even if you are hydrated, excessive heat can reduce blood flow, causing a break down of the body. So, do not push yourself too much, instead slow down whenever your body sends a signal.

Stretch

The weather may give you a feel that your muscles are already warm enough. But, that does not mean that you should give stretches a skip. Stretching metabolizes blood sugar levels, which then result in reduction of fat storage.

Wear Light-coloured, Light-weight Clothes

Dark clothes will absorb more heat, making your body feel warmer. Heavy-weight or tight-fitting clothes also heat the body up faster. Try to wear loosely-fitting clothes because they will help the air to be circulated sufficiently and thus, keep you cool.

Use Sunblock

Keep applying sunblock every 2 hours even if its label reads "sweatproof" and "waterproof". If you are working out outdoors, exposure to sunlight can increase risk of premature ageing of your skin and skin cancer.

Don’t Drink too Much

Make sure you keep yourself hydrated but you must also make sure that you don’t overdo it. Drinking too much liquid can cause over hydration; therefore, drink only when you feel thirsty.

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