Are you letting summer play the biggest obstacle in attaining the desired summer-ready body? We know even the thought of exercising in summers can be exhausting, when all you want to do is turn on the air-conditioners and take a peaceful nap. But, you don’t have to let summers persuade you into ditching your fitness goals.
Here are a few tips to help you battle summer fatigue and get your body (and mind) ready for the workouts.
The Time Factor – Exercising in hot weather can cause heat exhaustion which in turn can result in muscle cramps, dehydration, dizziness and elevated heart rate. To diminish the effects of the weather, work out early morning or post sunset.
Exercise Indoors – Workouts like running and jogging feel rejuvenating and apt when done outdoors, but not when the temperature is soaring outside. Hit the gym instead or get basic gym/workout equipment and exercise in the comfort of your home or workspace. Or if you cannot arrange for any of that, this could be a fantastic time to bring out your Yoga mats, and try Yoga!
Wear Permeable Fabrics – Cotton, undoubtedly is the king of comfort when it comes to fabrics, but it doesn’t wick away moisture that well. Opt for loose-fitting polyester/cotton blend fabrics instead, that are considered ideal for tapering sweat during exercise.
Keep Yourself Hydrated – Not enough emphasis can be put on how important it is to stay hydrated, especially during summers. Don’t wait till you’re thirsty, because by the time you feel the thirst, your body is already in dehydration mode. Instead, make it a point to drink water every hour.
Staying hydrated will help keep your metabolism rate in check and also prevent you from extra calorie intake as we often mistake dehydration for hunger. Plus, water will keep washing away toxins from your body.
Low-cal Drinks – In summers, you feel tempted to consume high-calorie beverages like sweetened juices, soda, alcohol and sugared iced tea. Don’t give in to the temptation. Enjoy naturally sweetened drinks such as fruit juices, guilt-free.
Electrolyte-rich Diet – Excessive sweating and dehydration (both of which happen a lot in summer) are causes of electrolyte loss. Electrolytes are vital nutrients that are required for healthy functioning of your body, maintaining normal pH levels, and keeping the body fluids regulated. An imbalance or deficiency can cause muscle cramps, fatigue, irregular heartbeat, and numbness. Foods like yogurt, milk, cheese, soymilk, seafood, and green leafy vegetables are rich in electrolytes and therefore, must be consumed in summers.
Summers are a great time for vacation. But, not from fitness. These simple hacks should help you beat the summer heat, without taking a hit on your health and fitness!