5 Tips for Surviving Summer Workouts

You are not going to let a little heat keep you from getting your work in, good for you! Before you get to your next training day, allow me to present you with five ways to keep cool while working out this summer!

1. Keep Yourself Hydrated
water bottleWhen you are exercising on a hotter day, no matter what type of activity you are doing, you are going to sweat. On those scorching days, where the temperature is climbing, you will be sweating much faster than normal. Normally, you won’t be able to gauge how much sweat you are exerting, since that is hard to keep your attention on. Better to be safe than sorry, bring an extra bottle of water with you for those sweltering days. I also like to take an extra bottle of water with me that I put in the freezer in the morning. By having two water bottles, one frozen and one that isn’t, it is almost like having two ice cold servings of water on a hot day.

2. Have Someone Workout with You
If you are pushing yourself to the limit, the heat can be quick to knock you right out. I don’t mean that you are going to get physically hit but you could end up dropping from heat exhaustion. While having a heat stroke is bad enough, having one without anyone to get you out of that heat could be fatal. Call up a friend and have him/her there, not to help you but to step in if you should succumb to a heat stroke.

3. Switch Up Gym Days, If Possible
They often say that prevention is a great measure to avoid danger. In the case of exercising when it is really hot outside, they are right! If you can watch ahead at weather forecasts and see that some days are going to have highs of around 100 degrees, you should try everything possible to skip that day. Instead, use that day to get done whatever you have putting off. The weather will always cool back down but what could happen if you overheat yourself, might not be as easy of a situation to get out of.

4. Leave Any Doors Open
I used to get nagged at by the wife over this all of the time! I hate to admit it but I should have listened to this advice a long time ago. This particular trick will work best for people who, either: workout at home or have some major leeway at their gym. If there is not adequate ventilation in your locale, leave a door open to let the heat escape. Doing this won’t turn a hot place into the Arctic but it will create airflow, letting the stale air escape. At first, this method could seem futile but if you keep any doors/windows open, the heat will began to die down.

5. Take Frequent Breaks, Lose the Ego
The last tip that I have is to space out the time that is spent directly lifting weights. I don’t care what the last fitness thing that you read said about taking breaks, on certain days you have to throw a rule out of the window. If you not in suitable conditions for heat, get to those conditions while in between sets. Regardless of where you are lifting weights, there will be a cooler place nearby, go to it when you can to help minimize heat stroke.

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