Although summer in the UK is pretty unpredictable, and normally rather disappointing, it is still important to understand how to prepare for training in the heat. Many of our clients at pgpt travel and continue training abroad, and occasionally the UK challenges us with a hot and humid heatwave. So what should you do to hack the heat and continue training safely?
Listen to Your Body
If you are feeling dizzy, thirsty, lightheaded and have dry mouth chances are you are dehydrated and need to drink more water. Symptoms including nausea, excessive sweating, fast breathing and cramps can indicate heat exhaustion/ heat stroke. Being aware of these serious conditions can help prevent them in the first instance.
Drinking enough water will ensure your body replenishes the fluids lost when sweating in the heat and will help to prevent dehydration and heatstroke. When working out in hot weather, it is advised that you drink 1 cup of water every 15-20 minutes. Drinking at shorter intervals is more effective than drinking large amounts infrequently.
Another method for increasing water intake is to eat more fruit with a high water content. Below is a list of the best hydrating fruits-
Fruits with high water content:
Watermelon – up to 91% water
Strawberries – up to 91% water
Grapefruit – up to 91% water
Peaches – up to 89% water
Blackberries- up to 88% water
Plan Workouts Carefully During Hot Temperatures
Train sensibly and avoid the hottest time of the day, don’t train in direct sunlight. Many people find training outside too unbearable in extreme heat and may prefer to train indoors with the air conditioning on/ windows open.
Yes 50. This will protect you from 98% of UVB rays and help to prevent sunburn . Sunburn can actually cause heat exhaustion and a number of symptoms such as headache, nausea and fever like chills.
According to the heat index of course. There are risks associated with training in the heat, however if you are sensible and take precautions why not take the opportunity to do more outdoor sports? That being said, make sure the heat is not too intense. Any hotter than 32 degrees Celsius is really too hot to be training outside, extreme caution would be needed. When the temperatures are high, there is an increased risk of serious heat-related illnesses.
Wear Light Clothing
Make exercise more bearable and wear lightweight clothing, thin materials. This will keep you cooler. Use natural fibre fabrics; cotton, linen and silk work best in absorbing sweat and allow the skin to breath. Synthetic fibres retain heat and poorly absorb sweat, increasing your body temperature. Also it is well known that the colour of your clothing can impact how hot you get, Black is the ultimate heat absorber. It absorbs all light on the visual spectrum. So maybe opt for a white T-shirt…
Cold Showers Before and After
It is advised during heat waves that taking a shower before you train can actually help you to stay cooler during. This process is known as pre cooling, especially effective before cardio. It is said to help increase the body’s capacity for prolonged exercise at higher intensity levels.
You May Wish to Finish with a Cold Shower Also
The cold water will instantly reduces your core temperature, which will make your body work harder to warm itself back up by pumping blood around a lot faster. This cold water submersion process is also known to speed up your metabolism helping you to burn calories at a faster rate.
Stay safe and enjoy the warm weather… whilst it lasts!