It’s great to get outdoors for some exercise, but it can be downright dangerous in our hot Alabama summers. Before you head out for a walk, run or basketball game, read our tips: Stay Hydrated
- Drink water before, during if possible, and after your workout. A good rule of thumb is 4 to 8 ounces of water for every half hour of exercise. You’ll probably want to drink more if it’s really humid outside, so bring more than you think you need.
- Put your water bottle in the freeze the night before so you’ll have cold water during your workout.
- Avoid sugary drinks as they can accelerate water loss.
- Work out early in the morning or late in the evening, if possible.
- If you can only fit in a workout on your lunch break, take a walk at the mall or other indoor facility.
- Wear loose, light-colored clothing.
Protect Your Skin
- Wear sweat-resistant sunscreen with the highest amount of SPF, even if your skin is dark. Dark skin can get sun damage, too.
- Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes and face from the sun.
And most important, listen to your body. If you feel dizzy or light-headed, stop, sit down and get something to drink. Exercise is important, but not at the risk of dehydration and heat stroke