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Blog_Working out in hot weather

Exercising in hot weather can be a challenging endeavour, but with the right precautions, it can also be a rewarding and invigorating experience.

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or simply living in a hot climate like sunny Singapore, understanding how to exercise safely and effectively under such conditions is crucial. 

In this article, we explore seven essential tips to help you make the most of your workouts in hot weather while keeping yourself safe and healthy.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Staying properly hydrated is paramount when working out in hot weather. The combination of heat and physical exertion can quickly lead to dehydration, negatively impacting your performance and overall well-being. Make it a habit to drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after working out. Water is always a great choice, but if you're engaging in prolonged exercise or sweating excessively, consider replenishing electrolytes with a sports drink like 100 Plus. 

Time Your Workouts Wisely

Avoid exercising during the hottest times of the day, typically between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. Instead, opt for early mornings or evenings when the temperatures are generally lower. By adjusting your workout schedule, you can minimise the risk of heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat rash, or fainting and enjoy a more comfortable exercise session.

Dress Appropriately

Choosing the right workout attire can make a significant difference in your comfort level. Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics that allow for proper air circulation and moisture evaporation. Loose-fitting clothing in light colours helps reflect sunlight and keeps your body cooler. Additionally, don't forget to wear a wide-brimmed hat and apply sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Take It Slow and Listen to Your Body

Hot weather stresses your body, so be mindful of your limits. Start your workouts at a moderate pace and gradually increase the intensity if your body feels comfortable. If you experience symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, or an elevated heart rate, take a break and find a shaded or air-conditioned area to cool down. Pushing yourself too hard in extreme heat can lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

Seek Shade or Use Cooling Methods

When exercising outdoors, try to find shaded areas like parks with tree cover or places that have canopies to take respite in.  If shade isn't readily available, consider cooling methods such as wrapping a damp towel on your neck or forehead. Additionally, using a portable misting fan or carrying a small spray bottle with water can provide instant relief during your workout.

Be Mindful of Air Quality

Living in a city with many skyscrapers and automobiles like Singapore, air pollution is unavoidable. With the hot weather, some congested areas may have poorer air quality due to increased pollution or allergens. Keep an eye on air quality indexes, and if the levels are unhealthy, consider moving your workout indoors. Gyms, fitness centres, or home workouts with air conditioning can be safer alternatives during days with compromised air quality.

Modify Your Routine

Adjust your workout routine to accommodate the heat. For example, opt for lower-impact activities like swimming or cycling, which allow for better heat dissipation than high-intensity workouts. Alternatively, if you prefer running or cardio exercises, consider using an elliptical machine or treadmill indoors.

Working out in hot weather can be challenging but with the right strategies, you can stay safe and make the most of your exercise routine. Prioritise hydration, time your workouts wisely, dress appropriately and listen to your body. 

If you’re an active person who doesn’t like the outdoors as much, find yourself a Personal Trainer or opt for weekend boot camps at Core Collective! By incorporating these essential tips, you'll be able to enjoy your workouts while minimising the risks associated with exercising in hot weather. Stay safe, stay hydrated, and stay active!

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