Summer is here, finally! Whether you experience the extreme desert heat of Arizona or the oppressive humidity of New York City, here are a few tips to keep cool as your workouts heat up:
– Moisture wicking tops, shorts and gear – always!
– Cold towel or compress on the back of your neck before, between bouts or post-workout.
– Hydration! Prior to workout, during and post. Sip water slowly and at room temperature. Remember, dehydration prevents the body from properly regulating temperature.
– Avoid super hot conditions by working out indoors or during cooler periods of the day.
– If the workout falls on the morning after a fun night on the town, try not to drink any or as much alcohol.
– Regulate heart rate: Slow diaphragmatic breathing, close eyes, hands interlaced resting above head or hands on hips to open up chest cavity and encourage oxygen exchange.
– Slow and steady:
1/ break when needed, there is no shame in rest + recovery
2/ don’t try the hardest workout of the year as you’re first entering into the new season’s higher temps
3/ work within your personal limits and avoid comparison to workout buddies or classmates who may be better conditioned or apt to handling heat.
Get hot, stay cool! –Andia
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I lived in Phoenix for a while, and air conditioning was a huge hit there! One thing that surprises me is a large number of people get heat stroke while out hiking or biking. You think that living in a desert would prompt you to pack extra water and cloths to cool off, but mistakes still happen. Thanks for sharing the tips!
You would think @Stephie! Common sense is not so common!
I enjoy working out in the summer, but I could use a few tips for staying cool. I’m used to running in the morning when it’s nice and cool, but my schedule at work changed, so now I have to run in the late afternoon. Regulating my breathing seems like an interesting tip. I usually have high diaphragmatic breathing, so I should start slowing it down to get more oxygen in my lungs. Thanks for the tips!
Here are some more tips: http://on.self.com/1ED1eso