Texas is especially warm in the summer, and when combined with the blazing sun of the summertime, it can quickly become uncomfortable. But when you’re a fitness buff, you run into a new set of challenges. You might wonder if you should continue working out in the summertime when it’s so hot outside. You can definitely work out during the warmer summer months if you know to take precautions. At Fitness Specialists, we care about your safety and have some tips for staying safe in the summer heat.

Hydrate

This is a given if you’re working out at all. But in the summer heat, you need to up your water intake even more. Bring a water bottle with you and pause to take small sips while you jog or do boot camp in the park.

Start Early

Even if you’re not a morning person, rising early to get your workout in during the cooler morning temperatures is a great way to beat the heat. You’ll get it done before the day gets away from you, which is always a good thing, and you won’t be able to make excuses later.

Wear Sunblock

Even if you’re going to be out for a short amount of time, you still run the risk of burning. Wear waterproof sunblock. A painful sunburn can become so painful you won’t want to work out for several days, which can get in the way of your fitness goals.

Save Your Rigorous Workouts for Indoors

Don’t expect to do your HIIT workout during the lunch hour in the park. That’s a recipe for disaster! If you have no other choice but to work out that time of day, do it indoors. Fitness Specialists can get you going with the full range of indoor workout equipment!

Play Sports With Friends After Dinner

After dinner, the temperatures are much cooler, and you’ll have a much better time outside. Call up a neighbor to buddy up for a jog, a few laps at the pool, or a game of tennis! It’s a fantastic way to unwind at the end of the day and enjoy the company of a friend.

Water Sports Rule

What feels better than a nice dip in the pool in the Texas heat? Not much that we can think of! Swim some laps or join a water aerobics class. Or book a play date with your kids!

Warning Signs of Becoming Overheated

Even though you’ve taken all the precautions, there’s always the chance of falling victim to heat stroke or heat exhaustion. If you’ve been out in the heat and have a fever of 104°F, nausea, vomiting, weakness, a headache, and clammy, cold skin you might have heat exhaustion. Signs of heat stroke are similar, but you’ll notice that you’ve stopped sweating, which means the body is unable to cool itself—this is a dangerous situation and needs to be treated by medical professionals immediately!

For all the best workout equipment, home gym equipment, and fitness accessories, stop by or call Fitness Specialists today! We’ve got a full line of the best fitness equipment, dumbbells, exercise bikes, and more.

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