Summer is here!! Finally 🙂 Now that it’s going to continually be warm, if not HOT, we thought it a good idea to review some tips for working out in the heat.
You’ve got to stay hydrated before during and after. Hydration is key in order for your muscles to grow, move, and repair themselves. When your muscles are dehydrated that’s when cramping occurs, which is VERY painful. Avoid this by drinking plenty of water and peeing all the time 🙂
Headbands & Towels
You’re going to sweat – this is a good thing! So make sure you bring any other items you need to help keep you dry and and cool. Headbands help keep hair and sweat out of your eyes. A small towel helps when you’re dripping and soaking with sweat. Paper towels are no good because they rip and tear once moist. Invest in something more durable and reusable…. and wash it daily!
Alright folks, deodorant is essential ALL year round we all know this… but it is imperative for your hygiene as well as the respect and space of everyone else (in and out of the gym). We all know what it is like to be around the smelly person, it’s unpleasant, makes it hard to breathe (doesn’t Crossfit do that enough to us), and makes it hard to focus. Our time exercising is precious, everyone wants and deserves to enjoy it, including aromas/smells. If you’re unsure on whether or not you applied antiperspirant, simple solution, re-apply. If you’re unsure if you’re the smelly person or not, simple solution, re-apply. If you don’t have extra deodorant in your gym bag or cubby… simple solution, go buy an extra one and keep it nearby. ALWAYS have extra deodorant on hand, just in case.
Be mindful of HEAT exhaustion and stroke
Heat illnesses fall into three categories: heat fatigue, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat fatigue sufferers will experience cramps, usually in the legs and abdomen. If these symptoms aren’t dealt with right away and the athlete continues to push himself, the next step is heat exhaustion. This is a more serious response to the heat and results in fatigue, weakness and collapse. An athlete suffering from heat exhaustion may have the following symptoms: normal temperature; pale, clammy skin; profuse sweating; nausea; headache and dizziness.
You must listen to your body. Water may not always be enough. If you’re planning on sweating more than you usually do or being in the sun more than you typically are then you’ll want to look into consuming vitamins and minerals. As you sweat you lose necessary vitamins and minerals through perspiration. Taking care of your body happens pre- during and -post workout to take advantage of your workout and recover quickly.