It's not always that the weather is favorable for working out and working out during summer time can be dangerous. Working out during hot weather can cause dizziness, nausea, dehydration, sun stroke and the like. Before going for a workout under the sun, you should first take necessary precautions.
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Wear loose clothes for air to enter the body and cool it down. It lets sweat evaporate faster and do not wear dark colored clothes as it absorbs hit from the sun. Tight clothes can cause difficulty in breathing that can lead to dizziness and even heat stroke due to heat being accumulated in the body.
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Of course, drink lots of water. How fast your body is able to cool down and the ability for it to sweat depends on how hydrated your body is. Even if you are not that thirsty, you still need to drink water. If you plan to exercise longer than usual, it is better to drink sports drinks. This will help replace chloride, potassium and sodium that is lost due to sweating.
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If you are used to working out during cool weather then take it easy. Let your body get used to the hot temperature and increase the intensity of your workout as your progress. If you are under any medication, you should first ask your doctor's advice regarding working out during hot weather.
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Working out in the morning or evening is much favorable than in the middle of the day. The heat during the mid-day is much stronger which usually leads to heat stroke and working out during that time will lead the body to heat up faster.
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Not many of us are fortunate to live in places where the climate is conducive to perfect running conditions. Even the most suitable climates have their off days. If you are training for a long distance race such as a marathon you cannot be too choosy about the weather you want to do your training in. You have to discipline yourself to the point that the type of weather whether, it is cold, hot or wet should not be the deciding factor of why you should train or not. Someone said there is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing.
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If you live in a climate where it normally has high levels of humidity then avoid running during the day. The best time is early in the morning or the early evening.
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One of the greatest dangers when running in hot weather is the risk of dehydration. This means your body does not have enough fluids to function properly. Dehydration can lead to a number of health complications that can include heat stroke.
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It is important that you take plenty of fluids when you are running in hot and humid weather. A natural sign of dehydration is feeling thirsty. At this point the body has already passed the point of losing insufficient water. You should not wait to drink until you are thirsty you should drink to prevent it. The more serious signs of dehydration are a light-headedness, dizziness, stomach cramps and diarrhoea.
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Another serious risk of a lack of fluids in the body is sun stroke. The symptoms of sunstroke include a lot of body perspiration which speeds up the rate of the body losing fluids. A hot fever is also another common symptom. If the body is not replenished with sufficient fluids then sunstroke can lead to collapse or even a coma.