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To make the most of the hot weather we're having in the UK. It is time to take your workout outdoors as it can be more of a challenge and better all around for your health. However, if you are going to take your exercise outside, there are some precautions you should take so that you are safe and appropriately prepared to keep you cool while breaking a sweat.
- What to wear while outside, you will want to keep light and breathable fabrics that can wick away sweat, like our Glory Sports Bra and High-Performance Shorts. Also Comfort is key, all of our leggings have been tried and tested to provide the most amount of comfort for all your outdoor needs (BeReal Wear Leggings).
- Bonus: Adding a baseball cap to your outfit will help cover your face from the sun while still allowing you to look fabulous during your workout.
- Sunscreen is a MUST! This is to help protect you and your skin from ageing and burning and is pivotal for sun protection. Just don’t forget you need to reapply every 2 hours.
- You will need to drink more water than usual if you are doing your workout outside. As you’re sweating out more than usual, which means you will need to replenish your water faster. Try to drink a litre of water before your workout to keep yourself hydrated during your workout. You can also eat to stay hydrated (however, don’t eat too much).
- Timing is everything. Try not to do your workouts from 12 pm to 3 pm, as this is the hottest part of the day. Keep your exercise to the mornings and evenings, however, if you can’t avoid the hottest part of the day, then keep your workouts to the shaded areas. This will be where it will be coldest and more comfortable to work out in.
If you are doing all of this, it is also good to know the signs of heat-related illnesses because no matter how prepared you are, you can still be more prepared. Here are some signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
- Sweating more than usual
- Fatigue and sleepiness
- Unquenchable thirst
- Dizziness and wooziness
- Feeling sick to your stomach
- Cold chills
You may be experiencing heatstroke if you:
- Have a high fever
- Have hot, red, and dry skin
- Have shallow, weak, rapid breaths and pulse
- Lose control of your emotions and begin acting irrationally