Heed the heat

It makes sense you might want to continue on with your training schedule, regardless of the heat. Really, why should the heat (no matter how intense) or humidity (no matter how high) get in the way of your workouts? Well… unfortunately, the temperature and humidity might just throw a wrench into your plans.

However, if you are set upon continuing on with your training, despite the blistering heat, take a few precautions:

  1. Get acclimated to the heat – your body will be sweating overtime with the increased heat, meaning your muscles are receiving less energy they need to work to their full potential. Take it easy, and get used to the high temps.
  2. Wear the right gear – this might be the only time this actually applies and is acceptable: less is more. Wear breathable, light-colored clothes that will wick the sweat away.
  3. Time it right – exercise early in the morning (before 10 a.m.) or after later in the evening (after 6 p.m.) to avoid the sun’s peak hours.
  4. Stay hydrated – this is a pretty obvious one, but make sure you’re drinking water, even when you’re not thirsty. Check your urine to check your hydration level. If it’s lighter, that’s a pretty good indicator that you’re sufficiently hydrated. If your urine is a darker color, then you should consume more water.
  5. Wear sunscreen – the sun will not be forgiving, even though you’re attempting to better your body. Be safe and wear sun block.
  6. Replenish – if you can, replenish your salt and electrolytes during your workouts. Spray some Concentrated Electrolyte Spray into your water, and you’re good to go!