Maintaining your Lakeland cheerleading fitness routine over the summer can be quite exhausting. While you have a lot of time to make the most out of your routine, the summer heat can wear you down fairly quickly. No matter how motivated you are over the summer, the heat can make you tired more quickly, and the sweating isn’t going to make you feel any better.
Another thing that you have to look out for is the risk of heatstroke and heat exhaustion during the summer. Especially if you’re going to be working out or practicing your routine out in the heat, if you’re not careful, you risk overexposure to the sun. So to minimize your risk of heatstroke and to keep you going even under the heat of the sun, here are some ways that you can get through the heat this summer.
Always drink enough water
Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and dehydration are caused by overexposure to the heat of the sun and lack of water. It’s always important to stay properly hydrated to prevent these from happening to you. During the summer, especially if you’re going to be doing a lot of physical activity, there is no such thing as too much water. Because of the increase of physical activity, you’ll be sweating a lot, so it’s important to drink enough water to replenish the amount that your body is going to be losing.
Avoid going out when the sun is at its peak
While these tips are helpful in getting you to overcome the heat while working out, you shouldn’t push your luck and work out when the sun is at its peak, even if you’re adequately prepared. Somewhere between 11 AM to 3 PM is when you should be staying indoors because this is when the sun is at its peak. Try to schedule your workouts and practices indoors to avoid overexposure to the sun.
Take cover when you can
When possible, stay in the shade. Especially if you’ve been going at it for awhile and you’re starting to feel the heat, get out of the sun immediately. Find some cover, and drink some water to rehydrate. Take lots of breaks and stay in the shade to make sure that you don’t get exposed to the sun too much. Even though you’re determined to get the routine right, you shouldn’t risk coming down with heat exhaustion.
Use the right sunscreen
You want to avoid risk of sunburn when working out during the summer. Make sure you choose a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30, and make sure that you apply your sunscreen regularly every two hours to maximize UV protection.