Several clients have been asking over the past few weeks about exercising in the heat. I’m going to say it has something to do with the lovely New England heat we’ve been having. There are definitely a few considerations to keep in mind when it comes to exercising in the heat.
- Stay hydrated! And this doesn’t just mean drink water while you are exercising. In order to best stay on top of your hydration in the heat, you should be sipping on water all day long. For more tips on hydration see here, here and here.
- Wear light and breathable clothing. Think wicking shirts and light colors.
- Exercise early or late and avoid direct sunlight if possible.
- Monitor how you are feeling. If you start to feel unusually weak, muscle cramps, nauseous or dizzy, stop immediately. Also monitor how much you are sweating as this is your body’s way of cooling itself down so if you stop sweating, your body is likely dehydrated and unable to cool itself.
- Monitor heat, as well as humidity.
- Pace yourself! If it is 100 degrees you are not likely going to be able to run the same pace or bust out as many burpees as you would during a 70 degree bootcamp so don’t push it.
- Use common sense. Don’t try something brand new or try to keep up with faster or more fit friends. And don’t be afraid to stop if you need to!
Be Healthy. Be Balanced.