How To Safely Exercise In Warm Weather

A hot day might be beautiful for a jog, but it’s also dangerous. The body cools down by sweating. The higher the temperature, the more you sweat. The more you sweat, the more dehydrated you become. If you don’t take precautions, you could suffer health consequences.

Simple actions such as applying sunscreen, knowing the safest hours to be outside, and staying hydrated can keep you cool. Here’s how you can safely exercise on warm days.

Cool Down Before You Work Out

An athlete balances an ice bag on her head.
Bernd Thissen/picture alliance via Getty Images
Bernd Thissen/picture alliance via Getty Images

Don’t wait until you’re sweating to drink water or cool your body. Kinesiology professor Stephen S. Cheung recommends lowering your body temperature before working out. Drink iced water or place ice packs on your back.

Not only will this cool you down, but it will also increase your performance. In 2014, a study found that cooling down gives oxygen to your blood. When you exercise, you don’t have to expend so much energy. Plus, you’ll feel better.