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With temperatures rising throughout the US and most of Europe, and with most of us working out and training aerial outdoors to lower the possibility of Covid-19 spread and infection, it is important to remember that there are inherent risks in doing so.

If you’re not careful when training outdoors, you can end up suffering from a heat-related health condition such as a heat stroke, heat exhaustion or extreme dehydration. Now is certainly not the time to be dealing with one or more of these avoidable conditions so lets look at some of the ways that you can continue to train aerial and generally stay fit and healthy while working out outside this Summer.

1. Stay hydrated with the RIGHT fluids

Water is your best friend on a hot day for staying hydrated; however, if you’re planning to exercise for more than 60 minutes, you may also want to consider sipping on a sports drinks. 

Sports drinks are important when working out for prolonged periods of time, especially in the heat, because they contain potassium and electrolytes that can rehydrate and replenish your body. The high levels of sodium may actually be good for your body as well as sodium is a key ingredient for a hot day. 

As with everything, moderation is key.

2. Wear light clothing

Bright colors are good since they will reflect the sun, particularly helpful if you don’t have a lot of shade around your aerial rig and/or you are running/walking outside since you will be more visible to traffic. Cotton is a light-weight and affordable material that can help you to stay dry. 

If you’re willing to splurge a bit more, opt for sweat-wicking tanks and leggings/shorts to keep the sweat at bay.

3. Don’t forget the sunscreen

Nothing is worse than trying to complete a summer workout with a bad sun burn that makes it hard to move. Stop the burn before it occurs by slathering on the sunscreen. Opt for a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50 and one that is water-proof so that it doesn’t come off once you start sweating. Be sure to apply it at least 30 minutes before you begin your aerial workout so the lotion has time to sink in to your skin and wont make it slippery.

4. Timing is everything

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is known for being the hottest time of the day in the summer. If you’re planning to train or workout outside, try to do it either before or after this time slot. 

5. Know your limits

Listen to your body and if you begin to feel dizzy, nauseous, or tired while training outside, give yourself a break. Taking some time off for rest is better than overdoing your training and getting sick or injured and having to stop working out altogether.

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