Written by guest author Talar Demirdjian

A beautiful sunny day in Lebanon feels like the ultimate motivation to go outside and play, but exercise combined with the summer heat can be a dangerous combination. 

So, here are a couple of things to think about while working out in the summer:

1- The Time of day is important: Try avoiding exercising outdoors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and take some cover in the shade. Instead, rise early to catch the cool of the morning, or go out at sunset or later. Generally, the early morning is the best time to workout, especially if it's going to be a scorcher that day.

Alternatively, you can just jump in a pool as we have plenty of great pool resorts in Lebanon, or add an aqua-aerobics class in your fitness routine. And carry a fan/spray bottle for skin surface cooling

2- Wear loose, light-colored. Lighter colored clothing will help reflect heat, and cotton material will help your sweat evaporate. You may also want to try specially designed, "hi-tech" running shirts and shorts. They are often made from material meant to keep you cool, which is essential in the heat in Lebanon.

3- Sunscreen is essential. Yes, I understand we’re Lebanese and we don’t burn, but we can get skin cancer, so use SPF 45 just to be safe. It's important to protect your skin. You can get burned without realizing it and suffer sun damage to your skin, even on cloudy days.

4- Stay hydrated. Before you go out, drink a glass or two of water. Carry a bottle of water with you everywhere you go. Take a drink every 15 minutes, even when you're not thirsty. When you're done with your workout, have a few more glasses of water. This should already be part of your fitness plan. It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day and not just before a workout.

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Click here to learn about the dangerous side effect of dehydration.

4- Take it Slow. Never let yourself get to the point where you’re feeling faint, dizzy, and sick. Setting goals for yourself is always a good thing, and sure it might kill you not to finish your four-mile workout, figuratively, but it might actually kill you if you try. Fitness is important, but overall health is even more important. Listen to your body. If you’re feeling any of the following, find air-conditioned comfort fast.

  • - Muscle cramps
  • - Nausea or vomiting
  • - Rapid heartbeat
  • - Light-headedness
  • - Weakness
  • - Dizziness/Paling of the skin
  • - Headache

All in all, make sure to be safe, and take care of yourself. If you are looking for a cool place to sweat, make sure you come and check out our gym Start Living Right ! Call us on 76 496 999 to learn more about our services.