There’s no doubt summer is here in San Antonio. We all love our outdoor Stroller Strides classes, but it’s important to know how to exercise safely when temperatures are high. Here are some tips from eHow.com to help us keep our cool when the temperatures are anything but.
Steps to Take When Exercising in Hot Weather
Step 1: Drink lots and lots of water. Drink water before, during and after you exercise. For every 15 minutes you exercise, drink at least 8 oz. of water.
Step 2: Decrease the intensity of your exercise.
Step 3: Plan to exercise early in the morning or late in the evening. Or, if possible, take your training indoors.
Step 4: Give your body time to acclimate to higher temperatures. Plan on shorter and easier workouts for at least two weeks.
Step 5: Wear loose, light-colored and lightweight clothing.
Step 6: Maximize skin exposure to aid in evaporation. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen.
Step 7: Cover your head. Wear a loose, billed hat and pour water over your head periodically.
Step 8: Change your plan to achieve a personal best that day.
Step 9: Plan your hydration. If you’re going for a long run or taking a particularly hard class the next day, drink lots of water the day and night before.
Step 10: Listen to your body. The first stages of heat stress are muscle cramps, nausea, headaches, goose bumps on the upper body and unsteady footing. Stop exercising if you experience any of these symptoms.
Stroller Strides also has some fun tips to keep Mom and Baby cool while getting in a great work out when temperatures are up. These include bringing spray bottles with cool water to class and having older children spray each other and the mommies, exercising in the shade whenever possible, and using cool gel packs or misters to keep cool.