Soaring Temperatures? Here's How to Maintain Your Exercise Routine

Article By: Whittany Gibson, RDN

Whittany is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who specializes in bariatric nutrition counseling, providing education and support prior to and following weight loss surgery.

Summer is great for outdoor activities, but increased temperatures can make it uncomfortable or even dangerous to exercise outdoors. Whether you've had weight loss surgery or are just trying to stay in shape, you can still maintain your fitness goals without compromising your health. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips and ideas for staying active during the heat. With these tips, you can beat the heat and still get the exercise you need to stay healthy.

1) Exercise at cooler times of day. If you want to exercise outside, try to do it during the coolest times of the day: early in the morning or late in the evening. This will help you avoid the hottest part of the day, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Not only will exercising during these times be more comfortable for you, but it will also be safer since you won't expose yourself to the most intense times of UV radiation.

2) Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. One of the most important things you can do when exercising in the heat is to stay hydrated. Ensure you drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout. If you're going to be outside for an extended period, consider bringing a water bottle filled with electrolyte-infused fluids. Dehydration is a risk following WLS, so always be prepared with fluids wherever you go!

3) Wear breathable clothing. When it's hot outside or when exercising, wearing light-colored, breathable clothing can help you stay cool during your workout. Choose moisture-wicking fabrics that allow your body to keep cool and comfortable while exercising, which can help you power through your workout and avoid overheating.

4) Listen to your body. Exercising in the heat can be strenuous on your body, so taking it slow and giving yourself time to adjust is essential. If you start feeling dizzy, nauseous, or excessively tired, stop immediately and rest in the shade or a cooler environment. Listen to what your body tells you, and don't push yourself too hard.

5) Take your workout indoors. If going outdoors for workouts isn't possible, try bringing your routine inside your home, gym, or studio. Most gyms and studios are usually air-conditioned, a great perk to help you stay cool. What's even better is that many gyms now offer virtual classes, so you can have the social interaction and guidance you need without leaving the comfort and safety of your own home.

Overall, staying active during the summer can be challenging, especially when recovering from weight loss surgery. By following these tips, you can stay cool, hydrated, and healthy while still enjoying the benefits of exercise. Remember to listen to your body, stay safe, and push yourself to reach your fitness goals, even in the hottest weather.

BariMelts provides general recommendations, not to be construed as medical advice. Please consult your doctor.

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