Whilst you may be a creature of habit, driven toward your goals or unable to function without your morning workout it is important to remember that exercising in hot conditions can place significant stress on your body’s systems. Both exercise and air temperature will raise your core body temperature, increasing your body’s need to cool via vasodilation requiring your hard to pump harder and faster. Cooling via sweating will further decrease your body’s fluids which will have been reduced by increased cellular respiration during exercise. Heat-related illness such as muscle cramps, dizziness and fainting, Heat Exhaustion which may see your body temperature rise to 40˚ Celsius and Heat Stroke a life-threatening illness which sees your body temperature exceed 40˚ Celsius, lose its ability to sweat which may lead to brain damage, organ failure and death.
Consequently, choosing a safe exercise option is vital to your long term health. Exercise modalities including stretching, yoga, Pilates, foam roller and spikey ball exercises as well muscle activation exercises are all useful alternatives to your regular routine that will provide your body with health benefits and lessen the risk of heat related illness. If you still find yourself needing your regular workout routine, increasing fluid intake (including electrolytes), adapting your timeslot to a cooler part of the day, appropriate clothing choices, intensity or duration changes all represent appropriate options.
As always, use exercise to be your best but remember these simple tips to help you make smart choices in difficult conditions.