If you live on the east coast of Australia, chances are you’ve been feeling the heat! Summer is in full swing. Most of us hibernate indoors with the aircon cranked up, vowing to recommit to the exercise regime once winter arrives. But for those fanatical exercise addicts who break out in a sweat just thinking about missing a workout, use these tips to beat the heat.
Exercise first thing in the morning
Get up before the birds. Set your alarm clock to go off a good couple of hours before 7.30am and make the most of the coolest part of the day. Once the sun starts to make an appearance, it doesn’t take for the great outdoors to start feeling like a sauna.
H20 to go
Severe dehydration can lead to death or heat-related illnesses, so ensure you keep hydrated. The more you sweat, the more water you need to drink to stay hydrated. Aim to drink two to three litres at regular intervals to avoid feeling thirsty. By the time your body tells you its thirsty, you are already well on your way to being dehydrated.
Instead of HIIT sprints around the block of fartlek training, opt for low impact exercise like swimming at an indoor pool or a Pilates or yoga session at an air conditioned studio.
Put your hands in cold water
Studies published in a biomechanical engineering journal revealed study participants cooled down faster when their hands were exposed to icy cold water (10 degrees Celsius).
Stay away from black active wear
Choose light, cool coloured clothing to avoid attracting the sun.
Use your common sense
A racing heartbeat, feeling dizzy or nauseous can be a sign of a heat-related illness. Stop exercising! Don’t try to be a hero and push through the pain barrier. There are worse things in life than skipping a workout – for example death because of heatstroke.