Tips To Keeping Cool During a Heat Wave
As we approach summer, temperatures are rising quite rapidly. Exercising in high temperatures puts extra strain on your body. If you do not take care during this time, you can risk serious illness.
For this reason, we want to make sure you do not lose any of your motivation, but instead, know what to do to enjoy your summer workouts!
- Have a Cold Shower
Taking a cold shower before your workout can help lower your internal temperature so that you don’t overheat when you are exercising. Taking it a step further by keeping your hair wet can help cool you down as well!
- Stay Hydrated!
Whether you are working out or not, water is your best friend. We have heard it before, that we are primarily made up of fluids, so ensuring you maintain those fluids is essential. However, if you are doing prolonged workouts, you may also need to consider sipping on a sports drink which is high in electrolytes, to help replenish your body.
- The Early Bird Gets The Worm!
The hottest time of the day tends to be 3 p.m. Towards noon; more heat is arriving on Earth than the heat that is leaving. It is in your best interest to avoid working out in the middle of the day, and rather, consider doing your workout as early as possible. Besides that, we also know how tired you can feel if you spend too much time in the hot sun, which is counterproductive to feeling motivated and energized!
- Water is Your Friend, Not Your Foe.
Summer is the perfect time to get into the water. Swimming is one of the most beneficial exercises because it keeps your heart rate up and alleviates stress from your body. It aids in building endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness.
- Know when to stop!
Most people do not like interrupting their routines because it may cause you to take an unwanted break. However, consider the consequences of having a heat-related injury and not being able to work out at all. Listen to what your body is telling you, if you begin to feel dizzy or nauseous, take a breather. At times you may need to break high-intensity workouts into smaller increments, but that does not mean you are weak. It means that your body is overheating and you need to do what you can to keep yourself in check.