Weekly Wellness: Baby, it\'s HOT outside

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COLUMBIA - We have been experiencing quite the heat wave this summer. I don’t know about you, but I find that the heat has a tendency to zap my energy. Because I know this, I need to find ways to not let the heat hinder (or even cancel) my workouts.

Here are some great tips (that make total sense) for safely exercising in the heat and humidity:

  • Be flexible about when you work out: Check the weather for the expected temperatures. Try to schedule your workout when it’s going to be the coolest.
  • Drink water all day, not just before or after your workout: Staying on top of your hydration is VERY important. If you’re going to be exercising outside (i.e. running or walking) make sure to sip water every 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Take a cold shower BEFORE your workout: the cold water will cool down your body’s temperature and make the outside temperatures a bit more tolerable.
  • Allow the temperatures to guide the type of workout you do: On super hot and humid days, choose cooler cardio activities like biking in the wind or swimming in cold water.
  • Invest in some wicking gear: Lightweight, breathable and sweat-wicking clothes pull moisture away from your skin, so you really do feel cooler. Also wear a hat to keep the sun off your head, face and (maybe) ears.
  • Exercise in cooler places: We are so lucky to have the MKT here in Columbia. It can be 10 or more degrees cooler on a shaded trail than the sunny streets.
  • Shorten or split up your workouts: So maybe you only go for a 30-minute run rather than an hour. Or maybe you do 30 minutes in the morning before the sun comes up and 30 minutes at night when it’s down.

The main take-aways:

  • Be safe.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Don’t let the heat steal your workout.