How to Get Fit While Keeping Cool This Summer
The hot summer months may be ideal for taking family vacations and planning get-togethers, but working out in sizzling temperatures can be uncomfortable. It can also be dangerous if you become dehydrated. However, physical activity is crucial for the long-term success of bariatric weight loss patients. Simply adjusting your workout routine can help you beat the heat while staying active.
Join a Gym
If you haven’t already done so, you might consider joining a gym to have access to air conditioning throughout the summer. Many people prefer to exercise outdoors because they enjoy the fresh air and change of scenery. However, working out in a gym during the summer offers its own advantages. In addition to keeping cool, you can choose from a wide range of workout classes to join. Your gym may offer martial arts classes, aerobics classes, and Pilates groups, for example.
Create an At-Home Gym
Another option is to create an inexpensive gym in an air conditioned room of your home. There are many exercises you can do with no equipment at all, such as squats, jumping jacks, crunches, and leg lifts. Other workouts require only minimal equipment, such as a jumping rope, yoga mat, and medicine ball. For a change of pace, find some online workout videos that appeal to you and follow along to them at home.
Try Water Workouts
One way to exercise outdoors and still stay cool this summer is to head over to your community pool. Bring the kids or your friends and play a game of water polo. Swimming laps can get your heart rate up without placing stress on your joints, which is particularly beneficial for bariatric weight loss patients. You could also take a water aerobics class.
Divide Your Workout
Dividing your workout is another smart way to stay cool. Instead of going for a 30-minute walk, go for a 10-minute walk three times throughout the day. Your body will have plenty of time to cool down between exercise sessions and you’ll reduce your risk of getting dehydrated.
The physicians at Riverside Community Hospital can provide personalized guidance on staying safe while being physically active during the summer. In addition to preventive healthcare services, our community hospital offers heart care, bariatric weight loss procedures, robotic surgery, and OB/GYN services. Residents of the Riverside area can call (951) 788-3000 for our Consult-A-Nurse referral line.