Exercising in the Extreme Heat
When it comes to working out during a heat wave, San Diego locals and Studio SWEAT onDemand trainers Cat Kom & Bethany know all about it. Sweating through the dog days of summer may seem challenging, but there are ways to keep summer sexy even when it’s a scorcher. Take 3 minutes to watch these 5 smart tips on working out in the extreme heat.
- Sunrise or Sunset SWEAT. Work around the heat by finding times to exercise when it’s cooler outside. If you’re an early bird, try doing a 5:30AM run or wait till the sun sets and whip out those Nikes after dinner. Try to avoid exercising from 10 am to 3 pm since those hours typically tend to be the hottest part of the day.
- Do a Longer Warm-up. Long warm-ups before tackling a workout are a MUST during this time of year. Double up your warm-up time in order to acclimate your body to the heat!
- Drink up. You’re obviously sweating more in extreme weather, so make sure you’re replacing all those fluids as you exercise. We recommend consuming 16 to 24 ounces of water and take sips all throughout your workout.
- Buddy up. Heat cramps, exhaustion, and strokes are common side effects from scorching heat, but one way to prevent you from falling over is having a trusty sidekick beside you while taking on that hike, run, or cycling class.
- Decrease Typical Intensity. You might be tempted to push your body past its limits, but when the heat is on, your heart rate is already likely higher than normal, helping you burn calories without as much effort on your part, so consider taking it down a notch when the heat is cranking it up!
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