Summer is a great time to get active, get outside and exercise, provided we’re doing it at the right time of day and choosing suitable exercises for the season.

The intense heat of summer can quickly cause dehydration as well as stress the nervous system from heat exhaustion, so we want to be mindful about how and when we exercise.

Below you’ll find tips to optimise exercise and maintain vitality through the summer season.

Exercise Early in the Morning

Optimise the cool, crisp air of the morning for intense or vigorous exercise like running, lifting weights or strong yoga practices, and try to avoid doing these types of exercise in the heat of the day.

Avoid Over-stretching

When our muscles, tendons and ligaments become hot there’s less resistance to stretch, which can feel wonderful at the time of stretching, but afterwards may create instability and lead to injuries like torn muscles and ligaments if the stretches are held too long.

Move Slowly

Fast, vigorous exercise in summer can often lead to overheating, dizzy spells and tearing over heated muscles or ligaments. Focus on slow, steady exercises. You can still get a great workout and you may find it even stronger when you slow it down.

Favour Water Sports

Everyone naturally wants to get in the water during summer and for good reason! Swimming, surfing or paddling are great ways to get a cardio workout in the heat without burning up.

Walks in Nature

Long, slow walks amongst shady trees are ideal for summer. Trying walking barefoot and letting the cool earth calm your body, mind and spirit.

Deep Breathing Practices

Deep breathing not only calms down an overstimulated immune system, but it also helps us lose weight. According to researchers from the University of New South Wales in Australia, when weight is lost, the majority of it is breathed out as carbon dioxide. Try practicing five minutes of deep breathing with long exhales every day.

Include the kids

Try to schedule the kids sport so it’s not in the heat of the day between 10am – 2pm and get them in the water as much as possible to keep them calm and cool.