When the summer sun blazes overhead, staying active and maintaining your fitness routine can be a challenge. However, with the right strategies, you can exercise and keep cool during scorching hot weather.
ECH Exercise Physiologist Bridget shares her tips for staying cool and fit this summer.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT TIME
Opt to exercise earlier in the morning or later at night when it’s cooler and the sun is not at its peak. You can also break your exercise into smaller chunks throughout the day to avoid overexertion and overheating.
TAKE IT INDOORS
Exercise indoors in air conditioning when possible and use a cooling neck towel or handheld fan to stay cool during exercise sessions.
SLIP SLOP SLAP
Remember to stay sun smart with a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and appropriate clothing when doing activity outside.
Maintain water intake throughout the day not just after exercise, aiming for at least 1.5L (6 cups) per day. If you struggle to drink enough water, try:
- having a drink with each meal and snack, whether you feel thirsty or not.
- keeping a drink bottle with you and sip from it regularly throughout the
- putting a glass of water nearby where it is in view
BE WARY OF INDOOR POOLS
Indoor pools carry increased risks in hot weather including dehydration because of the humid environment. Hydrotherapy programs should be discussed with a GP or Exercise Physiologist on an individual basis before beginning.
Bridget is an accredited Exercise Physiologist by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and is highly skilled at prescribing exercise for people who have a range of health needs.
Learn more about how an ECH Exercise Physiologist can help improve and maintain your physical health.
Posted: December 12, 2023