Summertime Exercise in Atlanta: Staying Active in the Heat

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Staying Safe in the Georgia Heat

Staying active is a crucial part of maintaining your health. It’s so crucial that it’s on the top of every tip list about staying healthy long-term. However, exercising during Atlanta’s hot summers can be challenging. The high temperatures and humidity can make it difficult to stay active safely.  

But we’ve got your back. Here are some essential tips for exercising safely in the heat.  

Best Times for Hot Weather Workouts 

During Atlanta’s summers, the heat can be intense from late morning until early evening. To avoid the worst of the sun, plan your workouts during the cooler parts of the day.  

Early Morning Workouts 

The early morning hours, just after sunrise, are typically the coolest part of the day. The air is fresher, and temperatures are lower, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities like jogging, cycling, or yoga in the park.  

It’s also a great way to start your day off right.  

Late Evening Workouts 

If you’re not a morning person, we don’t blame you. So, the next best time is late evening workouts. Once the sun starts to set, temperatures drop, and the intensity of the sun diminishes, making it more comfortable to exercise.  

If you’re not sure when the sun is rising or setting – check the weather app on your phone. Most weather apps have a handy feature that’ll show you first light and last light so you can plan out your workouts perfectly.  

Staying Hydrated 

Hydration is critical when exercising in hot weather.  

Drink Plenty of Water 

Of course, our first tip is going to be to drink water before, during, and after your workout. 

Make sure you carry a water bottle with you, even if you think you won’t be outside long enough to need it. The heat and humidity can affect you faster than you think and it’s better to be prepared.  

Remember that the amount of water you need to drink to stay hydrated is different for each person, so listen to your body as we mention below.  

Electrolyte Drinks 

In addition to water, consider electrolyte drinks to replenish lost salts and minerals, especially if you’re engaging in prolonged or intense exercise. Electrolyte drinks can help prevent dehydration and keep your energy levels up. 

But remember to check those nutrition labels. Some electrolyte drinks contain a lot of artificial colors, flavors, and added sugar, which aren’t good for you in excess.  

Here is a great article that discusses healthy electrolytes for you and your family.

Monitor Your Hydration 

While exercising outside, or even just being in the sun, you need to pay attention to signs of dehydration, such as dark urine, dizziness, or excessive thirst. If you experience these symptoms, stop what you’re doing and rehydrate immediately. 

Read more tips on how to stay hydrated with our blog: 8 Hydration Hacks for Atlanta.

Choosing the Right Clothing 

The right clothing can make a significant difference to your comfort and safety when exercising in the heat. 

Lightweight and Breathable Fabrics 

Wear lightweight, breathable, and moisture-wicking fabrics to help keep your body cool and dry. Materials like cotton, polyester blends, and specialized athletic fabrics are great options. 

Light Colors 

Opt for light-colored clothing that reflects, rather than absorbs, the sun’s rays. Dark colors can make you feel hotter by absorbing heat.  

And if you’re exercising outside around sunset make sure to wear something that is reflective in light so that vehicles and people can see you.  

Sun Protection 

Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by wearing a hat, sunglasses, and applying sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Look for clothing with built-in UV protection for added safety.  

If you’re curious about the best kind of sunscreen for you, check out this great article about what Dermatologists say about sunscreen.

Additional Tips for Hot Weather Workouts 

Acclimate to the Heat 

If you’re not used to exercising in hot weather, gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts over a week or two. This allows your body to adjust to the heat, reducing the risk of heat-related illnesses.  

Take It Easy 

Don’t push yourself too hard during hot weather workouts. Listen to your body and take breaks as needed. It’s better to exercise at a moderate pace than to risk heat exhaustion or heat stroke. 

Indoor Alternatives 

On days when the heat is too intense, consider indoor workouts. Gyms, home workouts, or indoor pools can provide a safe and comfortable environment for staying active without the risk of overheating.  

Stay Cool 

Incorporate activities that help you stay cool, such as swimming or water aerobics. These exercises not only provide a great workout but also keep your body temperature down.  

Staying active during Atlanta’s hot summers is possible with the right strategies. By choosing the best times for workouts, staying hydrated, wearing the appropriate clothing, and listening to your body, you can safely enjoy exercise even in the heat.  

At Aylo Health, we’re dedicated to helping you maintain your health and well-being. Remember, healthy people can do amazing things. 

Stay safe, stay active, and enjoy your summer!