South Florida is one of the most beautiful places – if not the definition of heaven – for many of us! In South Tampa, we are especially blessed. We have Bayshore Boulevard, the longest sidewalk in the world, to jog or cycle down. We can paddleboard downtown along the Hillsborough River. At Bayshore Fit, we have the SHED, a state-of-the-art outdoor gym offering up the best equipment to get our clients into shape!

With that said, there are certain things to be aware of when working out in the extreme heat. In Tampa Bay, the area reaches scorching temperatures as high as 88°F from June to September. Here are four tips to maximize your workout and minimize injury and recovery times.

Drink water all day, every day

Many people make the mistake of only drinking water when they’re thirsty. This means they’re failing to give their body enough hydration to workout optimally.

“When your body’s dehydrated from not getting enough water throughout the day, it can make your workouts way less effective,” says Jeff Fink from Bayshore Fit. “Your muscles aren’t getting the fluids they need and will end up getting fatigued more quickly.”

Even on rest days, drink at least 8 glasses of water – it helps keep your body functioning as well as regulating your temperature.

Wear Proper Workout Gear

Stay away from tight-fitting, dark materials that don’t breathe – elect for looser fitting, fast-drying, light colored fabrics that wick sweat away from your body and keep you cool.

Hats, particularly baseball caps or cotton bandanas, can also increase the risk of heat exhaustion. Instead, headbands and polyester-based hats can provide protection from the sun as well as wick away moisture from your head.

Protect your Skin

“Don’t be fooled by a cloudy or overcast sky,” says Beth Scanlan from Bayshore Fit.

“Tampa’s sky can still emit high UV radiation, even when they’re so direct sunlight. Protect yourself with a waterproof sunscreen of at least 30 SPF and make sure to re-apply it if you’re having a super sweat-drenched workout.”

Avoid peak heat times

Noon is usually the hottest time of the day, and with the sun at its prime, overexertion can be a real threat to you and your workout.

Opt for morning or evening outdoor workouts during the hot summer months to avoid this risk. Not only is overheating going to make your workout less effective, but it can also be very dangerous, especially if you haven’t been properly hydrating.

At Bayshore Fit, our family of staff and trainers work with our clients to give them a great workout, each and every time. Our outdoor gym, the SHED, offers high-energy classes for those who prefer working out in an outdoor setting. Equipped with fresh towels, cold filtered water coolers, and friendly, knowledgeable staff, we can ensure that you get a great outdoor workout while basking in eternal summer!

For more information, call us at (813)258-2400, or visit our gym and get started today!