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Tips for Exercising in the Heat

Jul 12, 2021

We all love our outdoor exercise, especially since for a while last year, it was all we had! One of the perks of living in San Diego is our virtually year round perfect weather. But we do get a little bit of heat in July, August, and September. Read some tips below to stay safe while enjoying your outdoor workouts this summer:

Avoid the Hottest Times of the Day

  • 12-3 is known to be the hottest time of the day, when the sun is most direct. If you can, try to stay out of the sun during this time and do your exercise before or after.

Always use Sun Protection (Even if it’s Cloudy!)

  • Your best option is to block your body from the sun using a large brimmed hat, lightweight light colored clothing (make sure it’s loose fitting and/or sweat wicking), and eye protection (yes, your eyes can burn too!)


  • No one likes applying sunscreen. We know. Now put it on anyway and if you’re swimming or sweating a lot, don’t forget to reapply!


  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink! Stay hydrated before, during, and after being in the sun.

Be Mindful of Warning Signs

  • Getting overheated can be more than just uncomfortable. Heat illnesses such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion can send you to the hospital and be life threatening. Should you start to experience nausea, weakness, fainting, or cold clammy skin, get out of the sun immediately and seek medical attention.

Stay safe out there. Sure, you're likely to be cooler in Point Loma than on Cowles Mountain, and you're less likely to heat up gardening than cycling. But no matter the specifics, it's important to be smart and keep your body cool. If you're going "off the beaten path" make sure to bring a friend with you so you can be accountable to each other and keep each other safe.

Enjoy the summer!


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