After a relatively cool June, the summer heat has hit July with a vengeance. Summer workouts and being outdoors are great ways to stay fit and active. However, you have to be mindful about staying hydrated and avoiding heat-related injuries. In addition, good hydration will help keep your muscles from becoming strained or injured. Having a daily habit of drinking water, herbal teas, and electrolyte drinks at regular intervals is a good place to start.
As you plan summer workouts, be sure to bring along a water bottle. Especially on hot days, an insulated bottle with a cold drink can be very refreshing. Workout wear has come a long way, and there are both tops and bottoms that have specific pockets for a water bottle. Investing in clothing made from fabrics that wick away sweat will also help you to feel more comfortable. Try to plan to work out either in the early morning before it gets too hot or in the evening, after the hottest part of the day has passed. A walk or jog while the sun rises or sets adds beauty to your day and workout.
Always Bring a Water Bottle to Summer Workouts
Be especially careful if you are hiking on a new to you trail or on vacation. Make sure there is shade so you can rest and bring plenty of water and snacks for everyone in the group. Wear a hat, too. Check with local rangers or online to learn about conditions and recommendations for safety and hydration.
Most of us have learned to stretch before a run or a long hike. However, it’s just as important to stretch afterwards. This allows muscles to relax and can help prevent cramps and injuries.
Talk to Your Doctor and See if You Need EMG/NCS Testing for Persistent Pain
If you do get injured, don’t power through the pain. Rest, take medicine if needed, and apply alternating hot and cool compresses. Injuries that don’t seem to heal or that get worse should be checked out by a doctor. Feel free to contact us if you need to set up EMG/NCS testing for persistent or worsening pain.