Stay cool in the warm weather!
When the weather hots up, exercising can become a lot harder in the summer months. Even sun worshipers can get over heated when the sun is at its hottest in the middle of the day!
Warmer weather and sunshine means more opportunities to get outside and enjoy it. Whether its cycling, running or heading to the beach with the kids. But when the temperature goes up, being active outside has its downsides and can be more challenging. The warm months also bring humidity to many parts of the country. With humidity, your sweat doesn’t evaporate as quickly, so your body has a harder time releasing heat.
Here are some simple tips to keep in mind when the temperatures rise:
1. Timing is Key
Avoid exercising during the hours of 12pm and 3pm. This is when temperatures are usually at its peak, but also be aware of how hot it is outside of these times.
2. Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty water before, during and after any exercise. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, it is vitally important to keep drinking. Bring a bottle with you and plan water breaks as you go.
3. Dress Appropriately
Wear lightweight, light coloured clothing that is lightweight. Try and use clothing that has breathable material. Wear a hat and sunglasses and don’t forget the all important sun cream!
4. Listen to your body
Take lots of breaks, stay in the shade wear possible and drink plenty water. Go easy on yourself for a few days to allow your body to adjust to the heat.
5. Doctor’s orders!
Make sure you get checked out by your Doctor before starting any exercise program, be it indoors or outdoors. There are many medications such as beta blocker that can exaggerate the body’s response to heat. An NCT is no harm!
If you find you just can’t tolerate the heat, don’t skip out on your workout or physical activity time!
- Find indoor locations where you can be active, i.e A swimming pool 🙂
- Discover activities you can do in your home or at work.
- Adjust your workout schedule to early morning or late evening when it’s cooler outside.