imagesAs the weather heats up many people are flocking inside to exercise or skipping workouts all together. After being stuck inside all winter many people are now going for a run outside or a bike ride. But as the temperature rises it soon gets to be too much. Overheating and can lead to muscle cramps, exhaustion and even stroke. Here are some tips to prevent illnesses like these and still enjoy exercising this summer.

Wake up early: Instead of working out in the middle of the day when the sun is the hottest try waking up early. It’s always cooler in the morning so try going for a run or bike ride as the sun is rising. If you don’t mind working out in the dark you can also go out after the sun sets. Just remember to wear reflective clothing to avoid any potential accidents.

Don’t be afraid to get wet: Summer is infamous for sunny rainstorms. Use these to your advantage and workout outside during them. The rain will cool off not only the streets but you as well. Try some outdoor yoga in the rain or go for a run. Remember that safety is always first though and head indoors at the first sign of thunder or lightning.

Switch up the scenery: Sometimes it gets so hot that you have no choice but to go inside, but it doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym. The mall offers a cool environment, which is perfect for walking. Put on comfortable shoes and walk up and down the mall. It will get you moving while you stay cool and do some window shopping!

Take to the water: One of the best ways to beat the heat in the summer is by working out right in the water. Pools, lakes and oceans offer the perfect way to exercise and stay cool. Simply swimming laps gets your heart pumping and builds muscle tone. But you can also try exercises like water aerobics, surfing, paddle boarding and many others.

However you choose to exercise this summer don’t let the heat get the best of you. The warmer weather is a great time to switch up your workout routine and have fun. Be sure to talk to your physical therapist about more ways to beat the heat this summer.