Personal Training

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Training in Heat Conditions

It seems as if this summer is going to go on record (at least in the US) for high temperatures. Many people tend to ask if it is appropiate then to exercise in the heat.

The simple answer is yes!

If you are the type of person who loves to train outdoors regardless of the conditions make sure you know the signs of a heat illness, such as heat exhaustion, cramps, dizziness and vomiting.

But don't be scared, training in the heat actually has it's benefits regardless if your are training for a specific sport, just running or going to boot camp.

First of all you burn more calories, just because of the heat and because it also pushes the body to work harder. Sweat is a good way to get rid of cellulite, fat and toxins from the body.

If you are not used to training outdoors, start slow and be moderate with the type of activity. Like I tell my new bootcampers, test yourself first and lets see how much the body can endure before we jump into the next stage.

A few extra tips:
  • Staying hydrated all day (especially before, during and after exercise) is a must.
  • Training close to sunrise or sunset is also a good idea to acclimate yourself to the warm weather. 
  • Training with a partner helps in many ways - first they can pay attention to you and vice-versa. Second it's creates a more positive environment because you know you are not alone and you can kind of motivate each other to keep going just one more rep or a few extra seconds. 
  • Always have a towel.
  • And wear proper attire for exercising outdoors... in other words dress cool.
  • Wear sunscreen and shades if needed. 
However, if you are a person who has high blood pressure or you have some other medical condition in which excessive heat can cause you harm, try to stay indoors. Notice that you can still exercise at your own pace, but to keep it safe stay indoors; or if you are the type of person who loves to run and exercise outdoors and still plan to do so just make sure you choose a time of the day when its a bit much cooler. Perhaps training early in the mornings or later in the evening.

In any case you must stay hydrated at all times. The goal is to avoid a heat illness.

Whatever you do keep exercising your body and mind!!

Get fit! Stay Fit!

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