Whether you’re a cycling junkie or a road runner, if you exercise outdoors, warmer weather will likely impact your summer fitness schedule. But when it comes to adjusting your workout for summer, you should do more than switch from pants to shorts. As summer draws near, people exercising outdoors – from newcomers to top athletes – should make adjustments or their workouts could suffer, says Marni Sumbal, a prominent exercise physiologist and board-certified sports dietitian.
Here are 5 of Sumbal's suggestions to train smart in hot weather:
Reduce the intensity, stay inside or work out during off-peak hours.
For the first month of hot weather, scale back until your body adjusts to the heat. Pushing too hard too soon can lead to fatigue or injuries.
If you don't want to reduce the intensity, work out either early
in the morning or later in the evening, when the sun is down. You can also spend at least part of the workout indoors.
You will sweat more in the summer, which can cause headaches, nausea or fatigue. During a 60-minute workout, drink 20 to 28 ounces of either water or a sports drink. Sports drinks can be especially helpful because they contain carbohydrates (Sumbal recommends consuming at least 30 to 60 grams) as well as electrolytes (consume at least 400 milligrams of sodium). Afterward, she suggests either tart cherry juice to help with inflammation or orange juice that quenches thirst and contains potassium.
Do some dynamic stretches (movements while stretching) to activate the muscles, increase the blood flow and to get full range of motion.
Take a cold bath (not ice) or a put a cold rag around your neck to reduce the body's temperature. This helps you recover quicker by lowering your heart rate and increasing your appetite.
Soak in Epsom salt.
This repairs muscle damage and offsets delayed inflammation. About an hour after the cold shower, add 2 cups of Epsom salt to a lukewarm bath.
"We really want to make sure the magnesium is absorbed, so soak for 20 to 40 minutes," Sumbal says.
If a bath isn't an option, she recommends scrubbing Epsom salt into your skin during a shower.
Source: TriMarni Coaching and Nutrition
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