When the sun is shining we all have more motivation to get outdoors, but when the mercury rises too high it’s easy to find excuses to avoid your daily workout. Things can go pear shaped pretty quickly when exercising in the extreme heat so we’ve put together some hot tips to help you keep moving safely on those scorching summer days.
If you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated! Be sure to drink adequate water before, during, and after your workout. Even mild dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches or dizziness and can quickly escalate into much worse symptoms. Be sure to have a drink every 15 minutes during your exercise even if you don’t feel thirsty and continue drinking well throughout the remainder of the day. Electrolyte drinks such as Metagenics Endura can help you replace lost electrolytes if you are exercising for long or intense periods.
Don’t be tempted to skip a meal because it’s hot – you will be expending energy during your workout and need to ensure your body is properly nourished beforehand. Many fresh fruit and veggies such as watermelon and cucumbers have a high water content which also helps contribute towards your daily fluid intake.
Choose sportswear that is made from lightweight, breathable materials. There are many brands on the market that offer clothing specifically designed to help keep you cool. Wearing lighter colours helps reflect the heat so you can be more comfortable while you exercise. And don’t forget your favourite hat to keep that sun off your face!
Avoid the hottest part of the day
Try to avoid exercising between 10am and 3pm and schedule your workout to an early morning time or late in the afternoon. Exercising during the hottest time of the day puts you at an increased risk of developing heat related conditions.
Listen to your body
Don’t ignore your body’s cries for help. Stop immediately if you begin feeling dizzy, nauseous or otherwise unwell.
Choose an indoor option like Pilates
Pilates is the perfect solution to keep your body moving whilst enjoying the comfort of an air conditioned studio! The precise exercises are designed to strengthen, lengthen, and tone your body.
Pilates on 88 Bay keep their classes small so they can tailor each class specifically to your body’s individual needs.
Go for a swim
Not only is swimming a great whole body exercise that is gentle on your joints, it is also a fun way to stay cool on a hot summer’s day!
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