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It may feel better to exercise indoors in the summer months when it’s hot and humid. But if you love the summer heat and want to enjoy being outside while it’s nice, outdoor workouts are still doable. You just need the correct preparation.
When it’s hot outside, your body reacts to the heat by producing sweat. The sweat on your skin evaporates and, in turn, cools the body down when the air is dry. But when the air is humid, sweat doesn't evaporate off your skin as well and the body has to work harder to cool itself down.
Follow these steps to stay cool when you’re working out:
If you want to know how much water you have lost during outdoor exercise, the best way to find out is to weigh yourself without any clothing before you exercise and then do the same when you return. The difference in weight is the water weight that you have lost during exercise.
It is recommended that you only drink enough fluids to come back to even and not more, as it can lead to over hydration. Drinking fluids the night before is always the best way to increase your proper hydration level. Drinking right before you exercise will not be enough.
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