By following these two steps, you can keep your workouts consistent (and even enjoy a workout or two in the summertime sun)!
If you’ve ever said, “it’s hot out,” “I don’t do well in heat,” or “the sun really took all my energy today,” you’re not alone. These are excuses I’ve heard during the summer all too often. While these excuses are common, it is true that if you don’t deal with the presence of the high temperature and sunshine, it really can zap your energy.
Step 1: Drink Water
Let’s face it, people sweat more during the summer and lose body heat more rapidly than other times during the year. When we sweat, we lose water, and when we lose water, we get dehydrated. Dehydration, in turn, can make us feel sluggish, irritable, hungry, and tired all at once. As a personal trainer, I recommend at least 64 oz. of water per day for a average person (on a normal day). If it is 90 degrees out and you plan to work out that day, it’s best to up your oz’s to 100 or more.
Sip a big 32 oz. water bottle throughout the day. It can help you stay hydrated and give you energy through your workouts.
Step 2: Time Your Workouts
Try to exercise early in the morning or late at night when temperatures are cooler. An early morning run can give you needed oxygen and fresh air to start your day. A strength training session in the evening can reduce stress from the workday and give your body an extra boost to fall asleep (and sleep well) early in the evening.
If you can’t workout during the cool times of the day, be sure to remember step 1, and drink plenty of water during your workout.
By: Tyler Morgan, PRO Sports Club
ACSM & USAW Certified Personal Trainer