How you feeling? HOT, HOT, HOT!!!

"Is it hot enough for 'ya?"

Hello Summer!!  I don’t care if the calendar says May 26 and its only spring.  I am absolutely loving this weather.  The hotter the better.  Even my kids are loving it…after school ritual is now change into bathing suits and into the pool.  Only three days since we filled the pool with cold tap water the sun has made it 85 degrees.

The hot weather is great…BUT, it requires that when you are exercising, you need to adjust what you are doing to protect yourself.  Don’t worry, hot weather work outs actually have advantages but I need to make you aware of some of the draw backs as well.

Exercising in the heat is a catalyst to improving your fitness and exercise tolerance.  It builds your bodies self protective systems to heat tolerance making heat comfort easier and protects you as you age from heat related risk.

You increase blood volume, improve cooling, detox through sweat and improve circulation.

Heat adaptation occurs fairly quickly and even after one week of exercise in heat your body says, “Hey thanks…I needed that!” Aerobic fitness sees the most benefit with heat tolerance.  So, no crying about the heat…”There’s no crying at Boot Camp”.  You will get used to it really fast and be able to handle it sooner, faster.

OK, so there is all the benefits…now the protection.

"Water. It does a body good"

WATER, CLEAR FLUIDS, ‘WET’ FOODS.  Bottom line, you have to intake larger volumes of water to offset the loss of fluids that will occur from exercising in the heat.  I always recommend lots of fluids but now it is even more important.  Drinking water when you are thirsty is necessary, but you should never get to the point of being thirsty.  Thirst is one of the symptoms of dehydration…very bad.  You should never allow yourself to get that low on fluids in your body.  Other symptoms of dehydration are:

  • Thirst
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Dry Skin
  • Skin Flushing
  • Dark Colored Urine
  • Dry Mouth
  • Fatigue or Weakness
  • Chills
  • Head Rushes
  • Light headed

Protect yourself and enjoy exercising in the heat.

Never use heat as an excuse not to exercise…unless its just ridiculous heat, like Arizona in the summer.  But then I’ll let you know not to do it. Warmer weather doesn’t mean you shouldn’t show up to Boot Camp, it means you should show up!




One comment

  1. Even though it has been hot out and I’ve been sweating more than I ever have in my life, I’ve been LOVING hot boot camp! I feel so amazing after sweating and working hard in the heat.

    One thing I’ve been doing is planning ahead. Every day, even when it’s not scorching hot out, I set aside my water for the day. I put it all in the fridge in one spot and know I need to drink all of those bottles by the end of the day. This week I’ve been setting aside more bottles and making sure I have most of them gone by the time I go to boot camp to ensure I am well hydrated for class. It has definitely helped!

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