27 Feb Hottie – Hot Weather Training Tip
We are having a major heat wave in Southern California. (I split my time between So Cal and Hawaii - love the beach!) Today was 100 degrees which is rare for this time of year. I like to train outdoors: I lift weights, run on the beach, cycle, paddle board, etc. My kids play soccer, body board, swim, basketball & ride their horses, but it's been blazing and uncomfortably hot.
Here are some precautions to take to keep you feeling great while you get fit outside.
- Drink water before you train, not just during
- Wear loose active wear that breathes
- Wear light colors that reflect light instead of absorb heat
- Train early in a.m. before mid day sun
- Split up your workouts into several shorter sessions
- Cross Train: mix it up and choose water sports
- Do a lighter workout
- Watch for signs of heat exhaustion: dizziness, nausea
- Wet a towel in ice water and put behind your neck
- Hat / Hair up
- Train indoors or in shade, avoid direct sun
- Sunglasses if outdoors
- Spray bottle
- Drink water, electrolytes, coconut water
Did you know? For higher level athletes, studies show that training in heat & humidity can increase athletic performance by 7%?