Summer can be a wonderful time to lose weight. Our appetites can reduce during the warmer months of the year, and some of us start enjoying healthy diets and generally being more active. When we exert ourselves, muscle activity leads to an increase in our body temperature. In order to keep our core temperature stable, we sweat. But our body's ability to cool itself can be overwhelmed by extreme weather conditions combined with intense exercise. That can lead to dehydration, which can cause muscle cramps, fatigue, headache, light-headedness, confusion and lethargy.
Tips To Workout in Summer
You may not be racing in the desert, but there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to exercising in the heat:
The time of day is important
Unless you are training for an event that takes place in the daytime heat, avoid exercising from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's the hottest part of the day. Generally, the early morning is the best time to work out, especially if it's going to be a scorcher that day.
Wear loose, light-coloured
The lighter colour will help reflect heat, and cotton material will help the evaporation of sweat. You may also want to try specially designed, "hi-tech" running shirts and shorts. They are often made from material meant to keep you cool.
Sunscreen is a must
It's important to protect your skin. You can get burned and suffer sun damage to your skin even on cloudy days.
Before you go out, drink a glass or two of water. Carry a bottle of water or even a hydration pack. Take a drink every 15 minutes, even when you're not thirsty. When you're done with your workout, have a few more glasses of water.
Slow down your pace
If you're set on getting in a 30-minute workout, move with less intensity or do intervals to avoid overheating. Remember it's OK to take breaks too.
Now is a good time to take advantage of a monthly membership at an air-conditioned gym.
Instead of blindly attaching to your workout routine, change it according to the temperature of the day and your energy levels. Making the best use of summer means - being smart about your workouts and listening to your body. Talk to a fitness expert at any successful wellness centre to learn more about safely working out during summer.