Summer Exercising…

Good morning blogging world! I hope your Monday is off to a good start. My weekend was consumed with work and birthday celebrations. (Side note: Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake is still just as good as when we were little). My birthday dinner consisted of this amazing Arugula Salad and a glass of Pinot Grigio. Delicious.

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This morning, I wasn’t able to sneak a workout in before work but I plan to afterwords. I will be doing this little dandy (pictured below). It is featured on my favorite blog, PB Fingers.

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Burpees are killer! They are done by completing a push up followed by standing up and doing a vertical jump. Repeat. =TIRING! I will most likely end the workout today with a little run to top it off. Evan, my friends, and myself will be running a 5K in Madison, WI this weekend. We are excited to run our first race all together.

Speaking of exercising, I wanted to talk about safety tips for working out in the higher temperatures we are experiencing. It is important to be aware of safety precautions related to summer exercise. Individuals are at a higher risk for injury and heat exhaustion because of the warmer air coupled with the body’s rising body temperature. I have collected some resources listed below.

Tips to Beat the Summer Heat (and still work out)

Focus on the beginning and end of the day. These times of day are typically the coolest outside and safest times to exercise and keep your body temperature at an acceptable level.

Purchase wicking clothing. Certain clothing materials allow sweat and air to flow more easily between your body and the fabric. An example of this would be Nike Dri Fit. (Pus they are cute and comfortable AND typically on sale at TJ Maxx).

Take it easy. For temperatures and heat index levels above 80 degrees, it may be best to postpone or slow down your workout. This may mean taking frequent breaks and running at a slower pace.

Hydate, Hydrate, Hydrate. According to Discovery Health, your body can lose up to a quart of water an hour. Therefore, keeping water with you or hydrating before and after exercise is critical. For best absorption, consume 8oz (approx one full glass) every 20 minutes before and after working out.

Take a cold shower post-workout. The cold shower will allow your body temperature to lower. Plus, it will be refreshing. 🙂

 

If you do end up over doing it, here are some warning signs and symptoms to be aware of (taken from Georgetown University). The following signs could be pre-cursors for life-threatening situations. Exercise should be immediately discontinued and 911 may need to be called.

  • Dizziness
  • Cramping
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Fainting
  • Hallucinations

I hope that was helpful and you never end up in a tricky situation! I am off to run errands over my lunch break and finish out the day strong. Tonight, Evan and I will be making black bean burgers and sweet potato fries. Yum!

 

Have a good day 🙂

 

-Chelsey

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