With the sun starting to come out, summer is finally beginning to sink in for many of us. Whether we are taking summer classes or earning some extra cash for the school year, it’s important to stay active and fit for the summer as well! With the nice weather outside, it’s very common to see a lot of students exercising outdoors to enjoy Mother Nature in all its glory. When making this transition from cooler to warmer weather, it’s essential to keep several things in mind while exercising to ensure that we’re getting the most out of our physical activity.
It’s important to warm up before an activity, even if the weather is warm outside. This is to ensure that our body is warm both internally and externally. As well, ensure that you drink enough fluids effectively before exercise so that you’re not dehydrated during and after your workout.
Slap on that sunscreen! With the rise of skin cancer, it’s important to prevent it through measures that are as simple as applying sunscreen. If you’re going to be out in the sun for a while, try to use sunscreen with an SPF higher than 30. For more information on the benefits of sunscreen, click here. Additionally, you can check out Laura’s blog post on how to stay safe in the sun.
The Ideal Time
Try to exercise in the mornings or evenings. The sun is strongest between 11AM and 3PM, so you should try to stay out of the sun during these times. As well, air quality is best in the mornings!
Of course, if it’s extremely hot outside, or the air quality isn’t the best, there is always still the option of hitting the gym and exercising inside at your local recreation centre, or at the UBC Birdcoop on campus.