Keep summer exercise safe

Tips to keep your workout healthy

The summer months can be the best motivator to get in shape, but even the most seasoned athletes need to make some adjustments to their regime to ensure their wellbeing is a top priority.

1) Drink plenty of water – yes this is an obvious one, but it is also the most essential. Over 50% of our body is made up of water, so make sure you are replacing with at least 1 glass for every 20 minutes you work out. Dehydration is dangerous for our bodies, causing headaches, nausea and even kidney failure – so drink up!

2) Decrease the intensity – heat and humidity in summer increase your heart rate meaning your body has a hard time cooling itself down, so to avoid exhaustion you should be aiming to exercise at 60-70% of the intensity you would normally.

3) Acclimate yourself – it takes the body 10-14 days to adjust to a new temperature, and you should ramp up your workout accordingly. Start slow and easy, and if you don’t exercise regularly, it’s highly recommended that you begin in an air-conditioned facility before moving your workout outside. Or only venture out to exercise in the cooler hours of the day.

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