Spring and summer can be tough times to workout outside. Not because it’s difficult to work out, but a lot of people don’t know what to wear when the seasons are changing. In the summer it’s easy. Shorts and T-shirts will do the trick just fine. Same in the winter, sweats and a medium jacket will keep you comfortable even through the most strenuous exercises.
What about the in between times? In the spring and summer it can be cool in the morning, but then turn around and be hot in the afternoon. So most people under dress or over dress for their outdoor workouts. It is really simple to figure out what to wear. First of all, just check the current temperature outside. If you’re going to work out and it is 72°, you know that shorts or light sweats will be perfect.
The key thing if you are going to be working out later in the day, is to check the hourly weather forecast to see what it will be at your workout time. And then of course, plan appropriately. People usually fall into two categories; either they think that it is going to be warm when it is not, or they think it’s going to be cooler and they over dress.
Going out when it is too cool can cause your muscles to contract and make it more difficult to work out properly. Plus the fact that if your muscles are properly warmed, you risk injury if you’re not careful. On the opposite spectrum, if you go out when it is hot and are overdressed, you could lose too many bodily fluids which can cause dehydration. Since most people won’t remove layers during their exercise, this could cause them to lose extra electrolytes and sodium that their body needs.
It’s all pretty psychological. If it is May, then people assume it is going to be warm when in fact a cold front can make the temperature dip into the 40s. As well as, if it had been a cool spring and people plan to bundle up while exercising outdoors, a sudden warm day could cause them to overheats and lose necessary fluids.
So once again, it is really simple. Check the hourly weather forecast in your area, and see what the temperature is going to be when you plan to work out. And then dress accordingly. Don’t hamper your outdoor exercise by not planning properly.