Summer months mean more time to exercise in the great outdoors. Moving your workouts outside allows you to soak up the fresh air and reap the benefits of Vitamin D, but also requires some added safety precautions to prevent injuries. Consider these tips.

1. Dress for The Weather

In summer months, it is best to wear lightweight, moisture-wicking materials. Avoid cotton, as it cannot wick away sweat from your body. Wear sunglasses that have UVA and UVB protection and consider wearing a hat with a visor to help shield the sun from your eyes and skin.

2. Stay Hydrated

Make sure you’re well-hydrated BEFORE your outdoor workout. Taking frequent small sips during your workout is also recommended to stay hydrated in hot weather. Stick with water for most workouts, but if you exercise longer than an hour, consider a sports drink to help replenish the electrolytes you may have lost through sweat.

3. Time It Right

Avoid exercising outside from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the day’s heat is at its peak. Generally, early morning is the best time to workout, especially if it’s going to be scorcher that day.

4. Give Yourself Time to Acclimate

It can take some time to get acclimated to exercising in the summer heat. Start slowly with less strenuous or shorter workouts. If you notice a headache or feel light-headed, be sure to stop your workout, move out of the heat quickly, and drink water. (Then seek medical attention if your symptoms persist)

With a little preparation and precaution, you can safely enjoy exercising outdoors this summer!