Summer Exercise Safety Tips for All Ages

While Florida weather can be pretty hot all year long, it’s no secret that the summer months can get to scorching temperatures. Whether you prefer to exercise outdoors or like to take a yoga class at your gym, here are some ways to stay safe while getting fit!

Drink Plenty of Water

Staying hydrated while exercising can help prevent a host of problems. Without proper water intake, you may experience the following symptoms of dehydration:

  • Loss of coordination
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Cramps
  • Exhaustion
  • Inability to regulate body temperature

Use Proper Stretching Techniques

Stretching properly before and after your workouts is key to preventing injury. Working out when your muscles are cold and unpliable can cause the following:

  • Increased muscle tightness
  • Slower athletic performance
  • A buildup of lactic acid

Exercise After Peak Sun Hours

If you like to go for a run or wish to get a good workout through biking, it’s best to take to the outdoors before the sun is at its strongest — between 10am and 2pm. It’s vital to ensure you are protecting your skin should you be in the sun during peak times. Use at least a 30 SPF. Leaving your skin exposed to harmful UV rays from the sun can increase your chances of developing skin cancer as well as wrinkling.

Also, If you decide to exercise at dawn or dusk, ensure you are wearing reflective gear and light clothing so motorists can see you if you run or walk on public roads.

Wear Protective Gear

Depending on your exercise routine, wearing protective gear can help prevent injuries. Wearing a helmet while biking can avoid a severe head injury should you fall. If you like to play sports, you may need the following to stay safe:

  • Mouthguards
  • Wrist, knee, and elbow guards
  • Proper footwear such as cleats

We love encouraging our community to exercise and remain active safely. For more information about how we can help you stay healthy, fit and safe this summer, contact us today at 321-567-2201 to learn more about how the Parrish Health and Fitness Center can help you lead a healthy lifestyle.