Health Watch: 5 steps to an effective warm-weather workout

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald


The warm weather is finally here, and that means you can shed those layers and hit the beach! It also means that it’s a great time to ditch the gym and take your workouts outside to help you shape up for this summer. Celebrity and professional athlete trainer Gunnar Peterson offers these simple tips to help you stay in shape and maximize your workouts this summer:

* Hydrate. Dehydration can decrease strength, reduce endurance and delay muscle response. When you sweat you lose more than just water, so make sure to drink fluids with electrolytes such as Propel Electrolyte Water during exercise. This is especially important in the summer heat.

* Travel smart. People often find their schedules packed with summer travel plans. When you’re on the road, maintaining a workout routine can be difficult. Keep your workout regimen alive! Remember that even small steps count. Book a hotel room at least a few floors up and take the stairs. Or, if you’re limited to lower levels, do calf raises in the elevator.

* Say yes to sodium. Salt is the most important electrolyte because you lose it in the highest concentration when you sweat, so drinking an electrolyte enhanced beverage during hard workouts is important. High heat indexes during the summer months increase the risk for heat illness. Sodium supports better hydration by stimulating thirst and promoting fluid retention.

* Say no to excuses. It’s easy to find excuses not to exercise in the hectic summer months. Prioritize fitness so excuses can’t get in the way. In the early morning hours, you are less likely to be bothered by phone calls and emails. Get your workout in early while enjoying the beautiful sunrise, and then you can get on with your day and feel accomplished, knowing you’ve already checked breaking a sweat off your list.

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