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10 Warm Weather Workout Tips

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  • Exercising outdoors during the summer can be one of the healthiest strategies as you’ll also get plenty of sunshine, and if you take the advice to go barefoot, plenty of beneficial negative electrons through the soles of your feet
  • Exercising in heat requires a period of acclimatization—generally about two weeks. Once your body has adjusted to the heat, you will start to sweat sooner, and your sweat will be more diluted
  • Carry water with you, and drink often. Avoid sports drinks and sugary beverages though, as these will do you more harm than good. Only required in intensive exercise when you sweat profusely, you can replace electrolytes with coconut water, or add a pinch of unprocessed, natural salt to your water
  • Avoid toxic sunscreens, which will prevent vitamin D production in your skin and can introduce toxic and hormone-disrupting chemicals into your blood stream. Instead, try a daily astaxanthin supplement, which acts as an internal sunscreen
  • If you start to feel dizzy, faint or nauseous, stop your workout immediately and take steps to cool down. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are your primary concerns, so make sure you stay alert to the warning signs

By Dr. Mercola


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