When the weather warms up it brings a little bit of a dilemma – with the sun out, you want to spend more time outside soaking up that wonderful Vitamin D, but sometimes it feels just too draining to exercise.
In October I talked about “staying motivated to work out in winter”, so here are my top 5 ways to keep your workouts going during the summer.
1. Drink lots – keeping yourself hydrated is always important when exercising, but even more so when you’re doing it in warmer weather. Make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout, to avoid dizziness, stomach cramps and headaches from dehydration. Sports drinks can help rebalance your salt levels, which are reduced by sweating, but watch out for the versions that are full of sugar and other nasties, they are not helpful! Instead make your own isotonic drink by mixing equal parts fresh fruit juice with water and add a pinch of salt (preferably Himalayan Pink Salt) a simple and clean way to boost your hydration.
2. Choose the right kit – clothing designed to “wick” away sweat will make you much more comfortable, trust me. Lightweight, breathable sport clothing pulls moisture away from the skin, to stop you feeling hot and sticky. Sweat bands may seem a bit 80s now, but they’re better than sweat getting in your eyes, and hats not only help with that problem, they also keep the sun off your head. Don’t forget also to use a good quality organic sun protection cream – especially on your ears!
3. Get your timing right – try and time your workouts for early morning or evening, when the day is cooler. Check the weather forecast and see when the coolest time of day will be, and schedule your workout for then. If you usually work out in your lunch breaks, now is the time to switch it up, either changing your time or your location and avoid the midday summer sun.
4. Location, location, location – of course, when the weather is just too warm to make you feel like exercising, heading indoors to the pool or an air conditioned gym will not only keep up your fitness routine, it’ll also feel wonderfully refreshing. If running outside is a must for you, stick to shaded paths that keep you out of direct sun.
5. Work with the temperature – on hot days, running can feel like a real chore, so switch your workout to match the temperature. Cycling is still a cardio workout, and getting some speed up can generate quite a pleasant breeze to cool you down.
Overall, you need to listen to your body. If you start feeling sick or dizzy, it’s time to slow down or stop. Don’t push yourself as hard in the heat, it’s not worth it when heat stroke or heat exhaustion take all the fun out of training.
Finally, enjoy your summer and all the fun it brings – as you know it doesn’t last long so make the most of every day!
See you soon,