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7 Summer Workout Tips

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With better weather and more time off from work or school, the summer is the perfect time to start or revitalize your workout routine. However, before you schedule intensive cross-training at your local park or pay for a gym membership, keep these seven summer workout tips in mind. 

1. Dress smart 
The type of clothing you wear in the summer is very important. When the weather gets hot and you start exercising it can be easy for your body to overheat. 

To avoid overheating, your body is designed to sweat and let that sweat evaporate. However, if you're wearing clothes that are too thick or cumbersome you can't cool properly. Look for clothing that can breathe, like cotton, or that are specifically designed to wick moisture. Also think about clothing options to keep sun damage or pesky bugs at bay, such as long sleeves or hats. 

Dress the part and wear sunscreen for your summer workout. Dress the part and wear sunscreen for your summer workout.

2. Wear sunscreen 
Even if your friends are trying to get the perfect tan this summer, make sure you're lathering yourself with sunscreen. Working out is a great way to keep fit, but without sunscreen all that time outside could be doing damage to your body. 

3. Drink plenty of water 
Whether you're headed out for a morning run, an afternoon bike ride or a game of pick-up basketball, it's critical that you drink water before, during and after exercise. In the summer, it's very easy to dehydrate and cause serious damage to your body. Make sure you're drinking water all day long, not just right before an activity. During your run or ride, drink water every 15 minutes whether you want to or not. Additionally, remember coffee, tea, energy drinks and alcohol can all dehydrate you. 

Drink water during your workout whether or not you're thirsty. Drink water during your workout whether or not you're thirsty.

4. And eat after you exercise 
Your body doesn't just need water after a major workout. Make sure you take the time to eat, too. You need sodium and potassium to replenish your electrolytes as well as protein and carbohydrates to build muscle and regain your energy. If you're not feeling a big meal after a warm weather workout, make a hearty smoothie in your personal blender!

5. Think about the time of the day and location 
One of the easiest ways to have a workout that's fun, safe and cool is to schedule it around nonpeak sun hours and stay off pavement, which absorbs the sun's heat. Instead, go for a run on sand or grass and work out in the morning or evening. 

6. Go swimming 
Swimming is a great and often overlooked cardiovascular activity. It can help you burn calories without risk of overheating and it protects your joints from a variety of damage. 

7. Split time between indoor and outdoor activities 
Enjoy the weather outside and the gym as well. Be smart in the sun by dividing your time between indoor and outdoor activities fairly evenly. You'll end up with the best results.