It's June. That means the great British summer is upon us and we will all be sunbathing as much as possible, getting overly excited for barbecues and complaining about how hot it is (unless it's raining... which is also very likely).
Training in the summer time is slightly different to training in winter. Here are a few things to consider when the heat goes up and you still have your exercises to do:
1. Avoid mid-day heat if possible
Try to plan your workouts so that you can either beat the heat and get your session done first thing, or if that's not ideal then try to wait until evening when it's cooling off. If you absolutely must train mid day, it would be wise to find some shade or a cool spot in the house.
2. Stay hydrated
OK so this is important all year round, but even more key in summer. It's hot, you're going to get sweaty, it probably isn't going to be pretty. Make sure you take on plenty of fluids throughout the day (I mean water, not cocktails) and have a water bottle to hand during your session. If you're not hydrated, you're not going to be able to give your best shot at the exercises you're doing.
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3. Don't forget sunlotion
Pretty self explanatory. It's amazing how strong the rays can get during the day and if you can't get your session in before or after the mid-day sun, then be sure to protect yourself from sunburn.
If you don't like feeling greasy, look for a lotion which is 'water-resistant' or 'sweat-resistant'. No nasty chemicals dripping off your forehead and into your eyes to ruin your workout!
4. Take a sweat towel
Again, this makes sense. Especially useful if you're doing resistance exercises or high intensity stuff and the heat is on. Ideal to mop your brow and clean your kit with. No one likes sticky kit from old sweat... Ew.
Don't forget though, if you're working out outside and have applied your sunscreen then you'll need to re-apply it regularly because wiping it off with your sweat isn't going to leave much protection.
5. Mozzie Spray
Or fly spray in general. When it gets hot, the bugs to come out to play. I always make sure I fly-spray up before doing a session in the woods because in one word: Horseflies. Ouch. They're sneaky little blighters and it doesn't seem to matter how fast you run- Sometimes there is no escape!
6. Dress for the weather
Ok so the mornings are cool but it quickly heats up. Layers are a god-send. I usually have a vest top, a thin long sleeved top and a light hoodie if it's early morning. This way I can easily strip off the layers and either stuff them in a bag or tie them around my waist.
If you're conscious about wearing just a vest top, invest in a long loose lightweight tee which you'll feel happy wearing to workout. Nothing worse than being too hot, but being too self conscious to remove another layer.
Ta Da! Your handy guide on summer time training.
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