After one of the coldest springs on record, the summer has for the most part turned out to be a hot one. All of us exercising at Bluecrest Health Screening have been struggling through the heat in order to keep to our health regimes and we thought we’d share our top 5 tips for exercising in the heat:
- Keep hydrated. Sounds obvious but you need to make sure you keep the water coming before, after and during your exercise.
- Stick together. A good tip to keep motivated anyway, but exercising with a friend in the heat is a good way to cut risk of getting into trouble alone.
- Avoid midday. Don’t step out in your running gear during the hottest parts of the day. Stick to early morning or later in the evening when the sun is cooler. Also, don’t be afraid to reduce the intensity. Best of all – use the gym where the temperature is regulated!
- Use sun block. Put on some high factor sun block – even on some of the cloudier days you can still get sunburnt.
- Wear light. Light coloured clothes help reflect heat and if you can afford wicking fabrics these clothes will help draw sweat away from your body. Try specialist sports shops.
We’d all rather stay cool and exercise than have to give up altogether – so try the Bluecrest top exercise tips the next time you hit the pavement.