Working out during hot weather can cause harm to your body, it can cause stress to the lungs and the heart. With the hot weather and hard workout, it increases the body temperature. Due to this, more blood circulates through the skin to dissipate heat. This then leaves less blood for the muscles to use, which increases the heart rate. If humidity is high, the body is faced with more stress due to sweat that does not immediately evaporate from the skin that increases the body temperature higher. So if you perform hot weather exercise, it can cause to heat stroke and other ailments.
Here are some ways to keep cool while doing exercising under hot weather:
- If you are used to working out in a cool environment then take it slow. Your body will need to adapt to the hot weather and eventually increase the intensity of your workout when already feel comfortable. If you are under any medication, ask your doctor first if you need to take additional precautionary measures.
- Always drink plenty of water. The ability of your body to sweat and cool down depends on how hydrated you are. Even if you do not feel thirsty you should still drink water. If you plan to work out longer than hour, then drink sports drink instead of water. This will help replace chloride, potassium and sodium that is lost due to sweating.
- Wear comfortable clothes. Loose and lightweight clothing is great to promote sweat evaporation and it lets more air pass over the body. Do not wear dark-colored clothes as this will absorb the heat of the sun.
- Do not exercise during mid-day where the sun's heat is stronger. Work out in the morning or at night where the temperature is cooler. Also, were sunblock or sunscreen that will protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
Hot weather exercise must be done carefully to avoid any serious illness. You must also know when to stop when are already feeling dizzy, headache, muscle cramps and the like.