By Julie Hoey
Your clients may be looking for tips on how to stay in shape during the summer. As the temperature climbs, people begin to worry about the sun and the heat and how they can affect their exercise routines. Let your client know this is not a season for falling out of shape. There are things they can do to avoid the summertime slump.
When you are not training your client, have them take part in outdoor activities on their own. Have them take walks or jog or even go hiking. Bicycling is also a healthy alternative. An all time summertime exercise favorite is swimming. Swimming is a great form of exercise and a great way to stay in shape. Swimming works all areas of the body and its a great way to stay cool!
Recommend that your client alter their exercise routine in order to accommodate the oppressive heat and humidity and dangerous sun. A good alternative is exercising in the morning before it gets too hot. An added benefit to exercise in the morning is that it can give you energy throughout your day.
Here are several tips to give your clients about exercising in warm weather. These tips are essential to prevent summertime exercise injuries.
- Stay hydrated. This is one of the most important things you can do. Remind your clients that the warmer it is, the more you will sweat. The more your body sweats, the more dehydrated you will become. You will want to instruct your client to keep water or a sports drink on them while they exercise in order to avoid dehydration.
- Dress appropriately. This is another important area to consider. Recommend that your clients wear light shorts and a comfortable tank top or T-shirt. The emphasis is to keep the layers light during the warm weather. You will want to keep the layers light and make sure they have plenty of ventilation. Avoid wearing dark colors or black as these tend to absorb the sun more. Lightly colored T-shirts and shorts are always a good choice.
- Wear sunscreen. When your client is exercising outside during the day, instruct them to wear plenty of sunscreen. Your client needs to wear at least 30 SFP and make sure it is sweat proof. Explain to your client that failure to wear sunscreen can result in a painful burn, and may cause health complications, or permanent skin damage. This undoubtedly will interfere with their exercise routine.
The key to summertime workouts is to keep it cool. If your client can keep cool without over exerting themselves, they will get more out of their workouts while enjoying them too!