Beat The Heat In Your Summer Workouts
So what do you do? Give up training for the summer? I don't think so!!! (And I don't think it will last that long seeing as we live in Britain!)
Here are my top tips for managing through the summer
There is no point having nothing hardly to drink all day in a nice cool air-conned office, and then going to the gym with a big 2 litre bottle of water! Sure the water is needed but your body has to process its water intake and if you are already dehydrated, you are going to be even more so when you are sweating it all out during your workout. So make sure you are drinking plenty of water around your workouts. If you struggle to drink a lot of water, then just mark the times with a marker pen down the side of your bottle and just drink it hour by hour
Rather than having room temperature water, why not try a little ice in your gym bottle to keep you cool? You can buy bottles with an ice stick in the middle now. Or why not freeze some slices of lemon or lime and pop them in your bottle- giving you coolness and flavour!
If you like to workout outdoors, or are training for a running event so want to pound the pavements, then you need to try and avoid times when the sun is at its highest. This is usually between 12pm-3pm. But on really hot days I would add a hour to each of the times and avoiding working out outdoors between 11am and 4pm. But still don't forget the sun cream even if it may be cooler or cloudier.
If you're more of a gym user, then why not get outdoors a little? Gyms are either over air-conditioned or not at all. Youre body regulates it's heat more efficiently in it's natural environment and only has to adjust to degrees of change in temperate rather than swinging from one temperature to another.
OK, so there are many of us that don't like all of our wobbly bits on display and might want to leave something to the imagination, but don't wrap up too much. Unless you are sweating weight off for a boxing weigh-in, then there's no reason why you should feel the need to make yourself excessively sweat. Lots of sports clothing is designed to be breathable and have temperature adapting designs, so you can even get baggy tshirts that will help you to not over heat. And dont forget to have something to wrap up with after your workout. Sure, you may feel like you have just been working out on the Sun, but your body has been working hard to cool you down so you will still get that post-workout chill.
Never, ever ignore the tell tale signs that your body is exhausted. So if you ever feel dizzy, faint or sick, stop exercising immediately. I've heard of a particular gym near to where I live that brought someone round after they had fainted to finish off their workout. Not only is this absolutely stupid, its dangerous! If your body had to shut itself off for a minute, then you've pushed it too far. No workout is ever worth risking your health. The summertime is also a time for hayfever and it can have an effect on people's already pre-existing medical conditions so if you are taking any medication, make sure you are aware of any side effects of restrictions that may apply to when you are working out.
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