– Despite mother nature attempting to play tricks on us, summer is quickly approaching! Also means that the summer heat we’ve already been having will be more consistent. That being said, here’s a re-post about working out in the Summer Heat. –
There are some people who would agree that there is nothing more satisfying than walking away from a hard workout like that in the summer heat. Sure you may look like you just ran through the rain and then rolled on the ground (just me?? I’m always filthy after every workout) but who cares. You are the walking mark of satisfaction. Doesn’t matter if you’re in those short shorts, the shirt comes off in less than 5 seconds, or if you forever wear long pants – you are there and see immediate results of even the slightest effort put into whatever it is you have to do. Maybe I’m crazy but I enjoy that.
It takes your body approximately two weeks to adjust to a climate change. With that in mind, here are some quick tips to help make it through the most brutal summer workouts –
1. Drink Plenty of Water – There are so many important and essential functions of water for our bodies, one of which includes regulating body temperature. If you are not a water drinker, try to make sure you take in those few extra glasses a day to help keep cool. Or at least drink Gatorade if you’re a heavy sweater. I promise your body will thank you for it.
2. Bring a Towel – Nothing is worse than mid workout and your eyes begin to burn from the sweat dripping straight down into your eyes, or the sweat dripping down your forearms and into your hands. That’s something that no amount of chalk would be able to fix. Therefore, don’t be afraid to rock out those head bands or even have a towel handy if you sweat like you are in the Sahara Desert. That shirt you were just wearing a few minutes ago works too.
3. Extra Clothing – Ever finish a workout and have to run to the store on your way home? What happens? You end up freezing your butt off in the store! It’s amazing what a difference something as simple as a dry shirt can do after a workout to have you feeling refreshed.
4. Know Your Limits – Number 1 priority is your health, that’s why you Crossfit in the first place. If for any reason you ever feel like the heat it too much and you need a water break, or need to put a cold towel on the back of your neck, then do it. The heat of summer can be oppressive sometimes and there’s no point in giving yourself heat exhaustion. Just because you can do something, it doesn’t always mean that you should. Be smart and know your body’s limits in the heat.