The rainy season is over and boy are the hills GREEN! This winter brought rain, and with it probably came some excuses to skip a workout or two. Now that spring has sprung, get ready to put those excuses in the closet with your umbrella and join our personal training groups outside. There are so many benefits to outdoor exercise, from a Vitamin D boost from a little sunshine on your skin, to the calming effect of being in a beautiful park. But we want you to play it safe, so here are some tips to remember as our city starts heating up.

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Water is so important for life. When you’re incorporating regular strenuous exercise into your life, make sure that hydration is a habit. We tell you to bring a water bottle to class, but remember to have some before and after you work out, too. If you don’t replace the water you lose from sweat, you can even give yourself a workout “hangover” — headache, nausea, digestive problems—no fun! Staying hydrated is important to all cellular functions, and not only is it uncomfortable to get dehydrated, but it can be dangerous. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so drink up!

2. Wear cool clothes

Moisture-wicking fabrics will draw the sweat away onto your skin where it can evaporate to help keep your body from getting too hot. Sweat more in some places than others? If you can, choose styles that have mesh or are cut lower in your underarms, the backs of your knees, or the middle of your back, like the tanks from Virago Fitness. For those early morning workouts, even if it feels a little chilly, you’ll want to dress as if it were 15 degrees warmer — that’s about how much hotter it feels when you’re exercising vigorously.

3. Wake up, or butter up!

It may not be a whole day at the beach, but just an hour in the sun is still exposing your skin to aging UV rays. The UV is less powerful early in the morning, gets stronger in the middle of the day, and then gets weak again in the late afternoon. To avoid the worst of it, plan to wake up early with our personal training groups! And if you do sleep in, make sure you slather on that sunscreen.

Nothing beats a great outside workout, and we’re lucky we can get fit outside all year long. Keep these tips in mind to keep your outdoor fitness safe and pleasant all spring and summer!