Working out can be tough, at times. When there are external factors adding stress to your workouts, it can add a whole new level of challenge. The heatwave that many of us are currently dealing with can feel like one of those challenges. Not only can it make it more inconvenient, but there are real risks to working out in the heat that you need to consider. Here, we’ll look at what you can do to keep it comfortable and, most importantly, safe.
Avoid the worst parts of the day
The times of day when the sun is highest in the sky are when you’re likely to be most at risk from heat stroke and heat exhaustion. As such, make sure that you exercise at the right time to avoid the worst of the heat. Before 11 am or after 7 pm are the best times to get working out. The morning tends to be better as the nights can be more humid, which can be pretty uncomfortable. However, even then, make sure that you’re using broad-spectrum sunscreen and reapplying after sweating to ensure your body can cool itself effectively.
Drink that water
Staying replenished with fluids is vital. Hydration should naturally be a part of your exercise routine no matter what the weather is like but you’re going to need to be even more vigilant in ensuring you’re getting enough water during and after your workout. A good sports water bottle can help you keep as much as half of your day’s recommended intake. Start sipping even before you start feeling thirsty. You want to avoid keeping the water too cold, however, as they can cramp you up while you’re working out.
Keep it cool
You want to avoid exposing yourself to the very worst of the heat. Apart from dehydration, heat stroke and sunstroke are two serious issues that are more likely to appear when you’re exacerbating yourself. If you don’t have access to a gym, then work out in your own home, using HVAC restoration experts to make sure that you’re keeping your home as cool as possible with working AC. Keep a few cool packs on standby. If you start to overheat while working out, take a break and apply them to the areas that feel the hottest.
Mind how you’re sleeping
A lot of people are having trouble sleeping in the evening with heat like that. If that’s the case, then make sure you’re fixing your night’s rest before you go about fixing your body. Sleeping with lighter sheets, and even using a little herbal help be it through aromatherapy or CBD to help calm you down can be great for sleeping during such hot days. If you don’t get to sleep, then keep your workouts light. Sleep is an important part of the recovery process, after all.
If you need to put your fitness regimen on break due to the heat, then that’s what you need to do. Your safety comes first and foremost, your goals come second.