4 tips to safely work out during a heat wave Here’s how to beat the heat to stick to your exercise regimen all summer long.
It can be tempting to crank up the A.C. and stay indoors when you feel that first wave of heat envelop you as you step outside. However, if you follow our tips you can brave the hot temperatures and still get a killer workout in outdoors (not in the literal sense!), no matter how warm it is.
Work out early in the day: Our apologies in advance if you’re not a morning person, but exercising right before work is when it will be coolest outside. However, just because it’s early, that doesn’t mean you can skip sun protection, so apply some sunscreen before leaving the house!
Go slowly: Building up a tolerance to heat stress (otherwise known as heat acclimation) has been proven to improve exercise performance, but the key is to take things slow. If you’re not used to working out in a hot environment, only exercise outside for 20 or 30 minutes the first couple days.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: Did we say hydrate? When the body overheats, it cools itself down through sweating. If the temperature is so hot outside that you could fry an egg on the sidewalk (which, on a side note, might not actually work), your body will lose more water than normal. Drink two glasses of water before exercising and then take sips every 15 to 20 minutes during your workout. Afterwards, be sure to replenish your electrolytes and refuel with coconut water (bl article best drink to refuel after a workout) or a sports drink.
Wear loose fitting clothing: Flowy, lightweight clothing will keep you cool during your work out. We think that sounds like the perfect excuse to add more pieces to your athleisure collection…!
Working out during a heat wave is completely possible, but take necessary precautions like staying hydrated, and always stop whenever you start to feel dizzy or faint.