Posted June 9, 2011 06:37 pm - Updated June 9, 2011 07:03 pm

Staying Active and Beating the Heat

This is the 20th day and the 20th blog of this summer.


As I am conditioning for football four days a week, I realize that summer is the best and worst time to get outside. On one hand, it is always sunny and rarely raining. But, on the other hand, it is incredibly hot. It is sometimes hard to get yourself out of your comfy, air-conditioned house and into the windless and hot outdoors. Here are some tips so you can get exercise and beat the heat.


First, planning when to get outside is just as important as going outside itself. In the summer, you'll want to avoid the afternoon times, when the temperature usually peaks. Exercising is best done in the mornings and evening. My football conditioning is from 8-10 a.m., so we are done before the really hot part of the day sets in.


Also, there are certain forms of exercise that are perfect in the summer, such as swimming, which helps you stay active and cool at the same time. If you have a pool at your house, summer is the perfect opportunity to use it. If not, there are numerous pools in the area that can be joined for the summer.


When you do go out and exercise during the summer, there are certain precautions you should take that will make things easier and less intense. First, always drink water or a sports drink regularly, as it helps you stay cool and hydrated. Not drinking can lead to annoyances such as a dry throat, or even more serious afflictions.


You will always want to make sure that you won't get  sunburned as well, so make sure you wear sunscreen; or if not that, a hat. Sunburn can be very painful and can make your skin flake and peel off.


Finally, if you feel sick or uncomfortable exercising in the heat, just stop, drink some water, and relax thoroughly before resuming the exercise. There is no need to strain yourself.


Hope these tips help you enjoy an active summer.