We are having a bumper scorching summer so far and it is fantastic not be wrapping up against the wet and windy weather we get for so much of the year in the UK.
At VO2 we want you to keep exercising whatever the weather but sometimes we must take extra precautions to stay safe whilst working out. In hot weather we recommend the following:
1. Keep hydrated
Drinking is crucial to maintaining your hydration levels. Water is great but if you really want to stay on top of your hydration whilst working out in hot weather we recommend you add an electrolyte tablet to your water bottle. This will help maintain the all-important sodium levels whist you are sweating through your workout!
There are many electrolyte products available and you can accurately work out how much fluid you lose through a sweat test – we can guide on this. If you want to get scientific just get in touch with us and we can explain the sweat test and help you work out your sweat rate accurately.
2. Wear the right clothes.
Although the temptation (especially for the fellas) can be to strip off when the temperatures go up. We recommend that you wear light weight wicking tops that will help lift the sweat off your body and helping you to stay cool. For the guys, you will stay cooler with a technical T on than if you bare all as the sweat will just sit on your skin without the T. Wear a hat to protect your face and keep your head cool – again we recommend a baseball cap with vents or mesh tops.
3. Go slower.
As the heat turns up we have to adjust the intensity that we work out at. Be aware that you may not hit that PB in hot temps but you will still get fitness gains even if you take the effort down a little. Your brain is programmed to protect you during exercise by monitoring your core temperature to prevent it going too high so don’t be surprised that you cannot put in the same kind of efforts.
Listen to your body.
It is always important to listen to your body and if you feel dizzy, disorientated, nauseous or suddenly short of breath it is important to stop exercising and if in doubt check in with your doctor.
Thinking about a few little things can ensure that you can continue to enjoy your exercise throughout this sizzling summer heatwave!