Flickr photo by StacirlTaylor Ryan, head trainer for The Art of Weight Lifting and the Charleston, South Carolina-based Fat-Blasting Boot Camps for Moms, is The Stir's personal trainer, here each week to help us get in shape.
This week, Taylor explains how to keep fit and healthy during the summer, when it feels too hot to move, let alone exercise.
Taylor's beat the heat tips:
1. Avoid exercising outside between 10 a.m. and 4.p.m. when the sun is the hottest. Watch the news, and if the heat index is at the danger level, work out before sunrise or after sunset, when you'll likely get a breeze and lower humity.
2. Drink plenty of water before, during and after workouts. Start drinking water two hours before you to compensate for the extra sweating. Take regular drink breaks every 15 minutes (at least) during your workouts.
3. Wear sunscreen and a breathable hat. People that workout outside are at a higher risk of skin cancer so make sure to protect yourself with a sweat resistant sunscreen and wear a comfortable, breathable hat. Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before walking out the door.
4. Eat regularly. Because of the increased heat, you may feel your appetite goes crazy, but that isn't your metabolism talking. Continue to eat regularly, every 2-4 hours to avoid summer weight gain and see great results.