5 Ways to Stay Fit and Beat the Heat
TIME OF DAY
Mornings will be the coolest time of the day during the summer. Especially in New York City as the pavement heats up, you can feel baked.
For the average person, it can take two weeks to gradually acclimate to hotter temperatures. So if you are used to exercising indoors at the gym, start slowly outdoors. Cut your workouts in time and intensity, then gradually build up to your full program over two weeks time.
Wearing loose fit, light weight “dry fit” and light colored clothing will allow your body to sweat and cool itself properly. Wearing tight fit, heavy weight cotton or dark colored clothing will impede your body’s ability to cool itself efficiently. Wearing a hat and sunglasses will keep the sun off of your head and out of your eyes. Use a “buff” or bandana to cover your neck. Try placing frozen ice cubes in your buff to keep your neck cool during your workout.
Freeze your water bottles the night before. You should be sipping fluid every 15 minutes to avoid dehydration. Water is best. However, if you are exercising intensely or really sweating, you may choose a sports drink such as Gatoraide to keep your electrolyte levels prime. You are most likely dehydrated if: you are thirsty, do not urinate regularly, or your urine is dark in color. Normal, healthy urine is a clear with a light lemonade color.
HAVE A BACKUP PLAN
If it’s simply too hot outdoors to exercise safely, then stay inside. Unfortunately, gyms are closed in New York City due to coronavirus. So try making space in your apartment for an online yoga, Pilates or strength training class.
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