Summer is just around the corner and the temperature has already started to rise. The heat in Cyprus during summer months, sometimes can be unbearable especially when you want to workout outdoors. However, the fitness enthusiasts around the island are not giving up and are ready to level up their workout plans during the heat of summer.
Biofreeze Cyprus has some simple, yet useful outdoor workout solutions to keep you working out safely during summer months!
Choose the right time and clothing
During the summer months choosing the right time to workout outdoors is critical. Specifically, avoid exercising during hours where the sun is at a high position and the temperature is higher. This is because, working out under extreme heat can cause you several problems such as heat stroke, sunburns and dehydration, whereas you will probably notice a significant drop in your performance. Therefore, it is important to choose the time wisely; this is either earlier in the morning (6 a.m. – 7 a.m.) or later in the evening (6:30 p.m. or later). Also, what can help you choose the right time is checking the daily and hourly forecast. This can help you plan your outdoors workout accordingly, by avoiding going out when the temperature and UV Index are high.
Also, important is the clothing you choose to wear while working out outdoors. Wearing any shorts and any short-sleeve or sleeveless shirt won’t do. You have to also have in mind that the fabric and color of your clothing matters. Regarding the fabric, you will need a breathable and lightweight material, able to evaporate the sweat. Bamboo, nylon, lycra or polyester are the most suitable fabrics for activewear clothing and effective when it comes to heat. Moreover, avoid wearing dark colors; on the contrary, prefer to wear light-colored clothes to reflect the heat rather than absorb it.
This is probably one of the most important things to have in mind. Hydration is generally important, however during summer months is becoming more critical since our organism tends to dehydrate more easily and needs more water. Make sure to drink 1-2 glasses of water before exercising and also 1-2 glasses immediately after you finish exercising. It is also important to keep drinking water while working out, without waiting to feel thirsty. This is because while exercising in the summer heat your body uses water to regulate your temperature and being low on fluids means you can’t perform optimally. Also, avoid drinking caffeine drinks before working out, because caffeine can cause more fluid-lose and make you dehydrated. Moreover, you will probably need something more than water to recover from your summer workout sessions, the reason being high temperatures mean more sweat and therefore major electrolyte-loss. Consequently, consider increasing your electrolyte intake with proper foods or drinks.
Think about Alternatives
Working out outdoors has many benefits, especially for your mental health, however, during summer months, it might be wise to switch to indoors (air-conditioned) workout, especially during heatwave periods. On days where the temperature is more high than usual is better to avoid working out outdoors, after all, you can perform a number of simple exercises at home without any equipment. Moreover, part of your alternatives can be going to the beach for swimming and aquatic fitness which are very beneficial types of workout. You can also head to the mountains for hiking and trail walking.
Last but not least, use Biofreeze! Except for the fact that Biofreeze can help you prevent and overcome injuries, it also offers a cooling effect that feels really good on the skin while working out under hot temperatures. The menthol-based formula of Biofreeze is able to make you feel your skin more breathable especially if you are running or cycling, it can kame a real difference when applied directly on your legs. Furthermore, it is really good to carry with you the Biofreeze spray in order to apply it while working out; this can help you keep moving and can have a real effect on your performance.
❄️Stay Cool with Biofreeze during summer months!