If you love outdoor workouts, summer can be both a blessing and a curse. The warmer weather makes it easier to do things outside, but it also puts you at risk of overheating. If you’re planning out working out this summer, here are some tips from our personal trainers in Ballantyne that can help you stay cool in the North Carolina sun:
 
1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
 
Anytime you workout you need to stay hydrated. However, it is especially important when working out outside during the summertime. The North Carolina heat and humidity can quickly sap your body of moisture and electrolytes. So make sure to not just drink plenty of water but to also supplement your electrolytes.
 
2. Check The Weather Report
 
Before heading out, always check the weather report. Knowing what the weather will do can help you plan the ideal time to workout when it will be the coolest. Also, if there is a heat advisory, a high pollen count, or a summer storm brewing, you may want to stay indoors that day.
 
3. Workout In The Mornings
 
The hottest part of the day is generally between 10am and 3pm. So you’re more than likely going to want to workout outside of that time period. If you are dodging the heat, pick the mornings over a late night workout. It is better for your energy levels and sleep cycle to workout outside in the mornings than the evenings.
 
4. Wear Loose-Fitting, Light-Colored Clothing
 
What you wear can make a huge difference in your workouts. Light-colored clothing stay cooler than dark-colored clothing. While clothes that are loose-fitting are going to be more comfortable. In the summer, we sweat more and that sweat can get trapped in our clothing. If the clothing is too tight it can be uncomfortable and chafe against our skin.
 
5. Apply Sunscreen
 
Make sure to keep yourself protected against the damaging sun’s rays. Working out in the summer often means we’re wearing less clothing than normal, so it’s important to apply sunscreen to any areas of our body that will be exposed.
 
6. Stay In The Shade
 
Try to plan your workout in the shade. If you’re hitting a trail to run, pick one with lots of trees. If you are working out in your backyard, find a spot in the shade of your house. A little bit of shade will go along way to keeping you cool.
 
Working out outside is great way to get your exercise in, you just have to know how to stay cool. At Everlasting Change our Ballantyne personal trainers offer a variety of great tips and techniques for our clients. We can help you master any workout, inside or out. Call us now for 3 risk-free, complimentary sessions. We include a 30-day guarantee on all of our packages.

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