As we enjoy August, one of the hottest months of the year in our region, keep in mind the following exercise tips from Students Run Philly Style director Heather McDanel. As executive director of Students Run Philly Style, the only program in Philadelphia that offers marathon training to help young people succeed in life, and a lifelong runner herself, McDanel maintains that regular workouts can be an energizing part of the summer if you keep the following precautions in mind.

  • Stay hydrated. As the temperatures rise, so do your chances of getting dehydrated during the hot summer months. Drink water both before and after a workout. If you are running, carry a water pack that can keep you hydrated during long runs.
  • When working out in the summer, wear light fabrics in light colors that allow your skin to breathe.
  • Cover your head while working out. It will protect your skin from harmful UV rays and keep you cool at the same time.
  • Try to work out in the early morning or evening instead of midday, when the sun’s rays are the hottest.
  • If the temperature is higher than 90 degrees Fahrenheit or there is a chance of high humidity, help prevent heat injury by considering other options such as exercising inside or walking through an indoor mall.
  • Always wear sunscreen while outside, no matter what the season.