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Bodies are made in winter and maintained over hot summers

The beach isn’t just for parties and tanning, Betty Doyling says

It’s a common saying: bodies are made in the winter.

For optimum fitness however, bodies also need to be maintained in the summer.

The weather has been extremely pleasant lately making it conducive for working out; as expected, all the gyms and outdoor classes are full right now.

But what’s going to happen as the warmer months approach? When it’s hot and sticky outside, the last thing anyone really wants to do is workout. Here are a few ways to get your fitness on during the hot months ahead.

Hydrate

The warmer the temperature the greater the chance for dehydration. When you lose large amounts of water, everything from your perception of fatigue to short-term memory can be affected. Staying hydrated is imperative. Make sure to consume at least 24 ounces of water one to two hours before exercise and 4 to 6 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes while working out.

You can also add a high-quality electrolyte powdered formula that mixes easily in water. Read the label to ensure there is no added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Unsweetened coconut water can also provide natural electrolytes and is a great way to stay hydrated on a warm summer day.

Check out the beach

The beach isn’t just for summer parties and tanning. Protect your joints while challenging your muscles with a series of beach walks or sprints. The sand is low-impact, saving your joints from the pounding they take on pavement. It also provides an additional resistance challenge, revving up the intensity of your workout.

Get cooler with your clothes

Workouts during warm weather make your core temperature rise faster than usual, putting extra stress on the body. Wearing a little less can help your body cool much faster. Summer is the perfect excuse to buy brightly-coloured workout gear that reflect the heat. If skin-tight clothes and a tank aren’t your thing, opt for something else light, bright and loose. Try and swap out those black leggings for something cooler and comfortable.

Plan that workout

Just like your work day is fully planned, so should your workout be. Having a plan, especially in the heat, can make something tedious feel breezy. The best way to knock out those summer workouts is to plan and prepare. When it’s hot, I like to plan to workout with a friend. Working out at an outdoor class is much more fun when you are doing it together. You could even go cycling – stop for a cooling refreshment and a healthy snack, then cycle back. It gives you something to look forward to when you can’t stop thinking about the scorching temps.

Timing is everything

The hottest time of the day is between 10am and 3pm. If you’re planning an outdoor workout, try to do it either before or after this time slot. I definitely prefer to workout earlier in the morning because it’s so much cooler. However, pick the time that works best for your body.

Know your limits

Listen to your body and if you start to feel dizzy, nauseous, or tired, give yourself a break. Taking some time off for rest is better than overdoing your workout and getting sick or injured and having to stop working out altogether.

Have fun, stay cool as the warmer months approach and B-Active For Life!

Betty Doyling is a certified fitness trainer and figure competitor with more than a decade of experience. Look for B. ActiveForLife on Facebook

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Published March 23, 2022 at 7:48 am (Updated April 06, 2022 at 7:29 am)

Bodies are made in winter and maintained over hot summers

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