Summer Sweat Sessions: Beat the Heat
There’s no doubt about it, exercising during Lahaina summers can be a sticky situation. With the merciless sun and high humidity, even going for a walk can seem harder than usual and leave you drenched in workout doubts. Here are some tips to keep you going strong no matter what the weather throws your way.
Drink up! Drink water all day, not just during your workouts. Wondering why you cramped up during your epic summer surf session? It might be dehydration! If you’re exercising outside (or heck, inside, too), aim for 4-8oz every 15 to 20 minutes.
Dress the part. Technology is amazing! Moisture-wicking fabric? Lightweight everything? Clothing with built-in SPF? Yes, please! Invest in some new outdoor workout duds. They really do work to pull moisture from your body and keep you cool. And don’t forget a hat to keep the sun off your face!
Cool off. It may seem a little counter-intuitive, but taking a cold shower before you workout can help to keep your overall body temperature down. And bonus, if you have long hair, leave your locks wet to enjoy the cooling benefits of the water dripping on you throughout your workout.
Seek shelter. Now is a good time to find a fitness studio with delicious, delicious air conditioning. Studies show that cooler temperatures can help you work out harder, longer.
Pace yourself. Why not modify your workout’s intensity or give interval training a try? You can also split-up your workout if a full session is just too much. It’s also really ok to take a break once in a while, especially if you start to feel overheated.
Watch your watch. The time of day is extremely important in your outdoor workouts. Unless you’re training for a mid-day event, try to avoid 10am-3pm, when the sun is at its most unforgiving.
Mix and match. Mix up your workouts to match the weather. Rain might seem like an outdoor fitness fail, but it can feel wonderful to go for a jog in the drizzle. On especially hot days, you might want to take your workout to the pool or ocean. Just remember to hydrate before you feel thirsty.