Who doesn’t like a toned body, a body you can flaunt and watch the world burn to the ground for? But exercising isn’t the same throughout the year. You cannot push yourself in the summers, the way you did in the winters. You have to make some changes or you’re going to get a flat tyre or two there. A “Summer-ready” body is all the hype right now but exercising at the same rate and same tuning may do more harm than good. It is possible, though, to keep your body cool even while sweating it out in this vengeful heat by just taking and maintaining a few precautions, which will not only keep you cool while working out but also increase your energy output.
We have to keep in mind, that no matter how cool working-out in the heat looks (the sweat and the soot, we get it) as compared to freezing in the winters, it is not at all advisable for our body as our temperature increases at an alarming rate and may reach 10 to 20 degrees higher than our normal body temperature and that’s just with regular cardio.
Regardless of everything, working out under the elements is pretty rad. The option to move around can beat sitting in an air-conditioned gym any day. And even studies show that it makes a person happier (endorphins and dopamine get secreted more) when they work out in the open than in a confined place and hence we get a motivation booster to work out harder, leading to a better fitness level. We’d say it’s totally worth the tan.
Some precautions we can take to dodge sunburn are;
Time is of the essence:
Timing your work-out according to the position of the sun is very important. Just because you have to work out, doesn’t mean you’ll choose the hottest part of the day and ride to the local training spot at midday. Pick a cooler time of the day, like the early morning or the evening and find a nice shaded spot and get down to work that sweat. It may sound simple, redundant and not worth mentioning but these small factors may stand between you and that sun-stroke.
Grab a chilled drink before workouts:
Do yourself a favour and get a brain-freeze. According to a research published in the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, a medical journal, when athletes gulped down frozen sports drinks - their stamina and endurance increased by an average of 10 minutes. Those drinks were obviously not the ones available at the local convenience store- so choose a cold isotonic drink (drinks with added sodium) and it will help your body recover and repair faster. They not only help with the quicker recovery but also keeps your head cooler, saving you from that weird, random head-spin.
Listen to your body, it knows better:
Remember when your trainer told you to push yourself harder? Don’t. Listen to your body, pay attention to the signs, don’t try to get 3 more abs in one day. Keep a balance between workouts and rest. If you feel dizzy or sick, it is your body screaming at its loudest that your internal thermostat is failing to keep you cool. You may be running a risk of suffering from heat-exhaustion, which happens when your body temperature reaches over 104 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 degrees Celsius. Your body will let you know when you get one by making you feel cold, clammy, dizzy or sick and the infamous duo of headache and vomiting. This may make you collapse right after the workout - so squeeze that rest in.
Cloudy with a chance of relief:
If it looks like it is going to rain, leave the umbrella at home and grab those resistance bands. Rain would not only keep your body temperature low but also make a pretty epic snapchat story. It is advisable to work out in the rain as it will keep you going for longer and push harder. Obviously, it cannot rain everyday in the summers but it is pretty good to read that weather report. If your city is not known for summer rains, then you can pick up some water sports like surfing, swimming, canoeing or water aerobics- they not only keep your body temperature low, but also give you a great workout simultaneously.
Keeping hydrated is the key:
Our body is 70% water and our job is to keep it that way. Don’t wait until your bodily functions ceased to rehydrate your body. Medical researchers and health experts state that you should start drinking water 10 to 15 minutes before any workout. Apart from this, keep chugging on that water bottle every 20 minutes of your work out. Aloe vera juice is also a healthy hydration choice if you get bored of water.