Four tips for you to love hot summer workouts
Some people say vacation season, some people say workout season. But research says you burn more calories in the heat. But in this type of conditions, your body needs to adjust to the increased temperatures.
Training intensely from March to May would feel more difficult than doing it in December (although you can argue that it’s always hot in the Philippines no matter what time of the year). You might even get discouraged with the heat, but here’s what we recommend to make summer workouts (or exercising in the heat) a little more bearable.
Consider the humidity
Humid weather affects you more than dry weather because the moisture in the air makes evaporating sweat less efficient. In days when it’s particularly hot and humid, do cooler workouts like swimming or biking.
Wear cool clothes
Consider the kind of clothes that you wear. Tight, heavy, or dark clothes can make you uncomfortable and add to the already intense heat. However, don’t rely too much on clothing, especially if you have sensitive skin. Wear sunscreen when you exercise outside to prevent skin problems and rashes.
Choose the right time
If you’re looking to exercise outside, there are certain times of the day when the sun isn’t as hot. Early morning and early evening are when the sun is least intense. The height of the sun’s heat is usually around 12 nn to 1 p.m.
Recognize heat stress
If you start to get dizzy or your vision gets blurry, it’s a sign that you should cool down and hydrate. If at any time your skin feels cold and clammy or you stop sweating, you may be in heat distress. Cool down immediately with cold towels and air conditioning, if possible. Continuing your workout when you’re unwell can cause you to sit it out for the next few days.
Whatever it is you’re planning to do during summer (or whenever it gets hot), the weather will surely affect your activities. Whether you’re just going to hang out at the beach or jog at the park, consider these reminders. Nobody likes doing things in warm weather, but there are things you can do to make it better.