Staying Cool for Your Summer Workouts
By Donna Stark
Summer is right around the corner and for most of the population where I live, heading north is one of the few ways to survive the blistering heat. But you can’t always escape, and in reality, it can get too hot to be outside just about everywhere. So how do you maintain your level of fitness when you want to exercise outdoors? Fortunately, there are ways to beat the heat, stay motivated, and get your daily workout in without suffering heat stroke!
A Little Planning Goes a Long Way
All it takes is a little planning on your part to figure out the most productive way to get in your summer workout. Here are some ideas on how to stay cool enough to do so.
- Hydrate - As if this wasn’t the most obvious! The body will typically dehydrate and have trouble working to its full ability much quicker when it’s hot outside than when it’s not. So keep your body prepared and be sure to carry a bottle of water with you all the time.
- Start cold - If you start your workout with cooled skin, you can potentially work out in the heat longer and at a higher intensity, so begin your workout after you cool yourself down first. You can do this by wrapping a cold towel around your neck, spritzing yourself with ice cold water, or jumping in a cool pool before you start exercising.
- Proper attire - Take advantage of all the advances that sports apparel has to offer and invest in some quality items. Look for clothing that has wicking fabric (fabric that is breathable and “wicks” the sweat away from your skin, helps it to evaporate quickly, and keeps your body cool), and only choose those that fit you well.
- Work out mornings and nights - Common sense dictates that you want to avoid the sun and heat when it’s at its worst, so take advantage of the times when the sun has gone and the air has cooled a bit. Plan to work out earlier in the morning or later at night if it is convenient.
- Eat the right kind of food - Replenishing your body with nutrients while working out is a great idea to keep your energy up, but did you know you can also eat to quench your thirst? Choose foods like grapes, strawberries, and watermelon to keep it light enough for a workout while also giving you the ability to take care of your thirst as well.
Don’t let Mother Nature’s heat and humidity throw you off your fitness path. Fight back with some simple ways on how to stay cool and plan to have an active summer!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spartanburg, S.C.