Meteorologists are forecasting a heat wave with temperatures reaching 320 C in the shade. Are you planning on working out? What should you consider?
When exercising intensely, the body literally becomes a heat chamber. When the temperature climbs, our thermoregulatory system is put to the test. When the air is also humid, sweat evaporates less easily and there is a higher risk of the body overheating. In fact, the body must be able to release the heat our muscles generate in order to maintain an appropriate body temperature; this is the thermoregulatory process.
Plan your workout around the weather forecast:
- When possible, work out on cardio equipment (stationary bike, treadmill, elliptical, etc.) in an air-conditioned space.
- Split your workout into two 15-minute periods. Make the most of low temperatures in the morning to get your day off to a good start then enjoy a walk after supper! You’ll reap the same health benefits as exercising for 30 minutes straight!
- Remember to stay hydrated.
Enjoy your workout!