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Exercising outside in Houston during the Summer means exercising in 80˚F+ weather. While we get that the temperature-controlled gym isn’t for everyone, exercising in the heat can be dangerous if you are not taking precautions. Read on to learn about how you can get your outdoor workout in while staying safe.

Houston isn’t just hot, it’s humid!  The problem with this is that when it’s hot, your body starts to sweat to cool yourself down.  However, sweat cools you down through evaporation and if the air is already packed with moisture, that sweat just stays on your skin, causing your body temperature to increase, which may result in heat-related illness.

The following precautions should be taken when moving your workouts outside:

  1. Pay attention to heat alerts. If possible, try to get your workout in during the morning or evening hours, when it’s a bit cooler out and the sun isn’t at its height.
  2. Acclimate yourself. Especially if you’re used to working out with the AC blowing, try moving workouts outside gradually.  Starting with shorter less intense workouts and lengthening those workouts over a few weeks is a better way to make sure your body is ready for full outdoor workouts.
  3. Know your fitness level and listen to your body. If you haven’t been physically active in awhile, start slow or start indoors to get your fitness level up.  When working out outdoors, take breaks as needed.
  4. Hydrate! A huge risk factor in working out in the heat is dehydration.  This can be avoided by drinking plenty of fluids and replenishing electrolytes.
  5. Dress appropriately. Wear clothing that is loose fitting and light to allow sweat to evaporate.  Don’t wear dark colors that can absorb the heat.
  6. Wear sun protection. Chances are, if it’s hot, the suns out.  Check out are article on sunscreen prevention if you need tips.

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