Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Exercise in the Heat

Of all the times of the year to workout, one would think summer would be the most important. After all, we're wearing minimal clothing and swimsuits. If going to the gym and working up a sweat ensured ourselves the perfect bikini body, then I would be going a hell of a lot more than I am now.

So sorry I've been MIA. I've been melting away. It's so darn HHHHHOOOOOOTTTTTTTT!!!!!!

Realistically, I don't always feel like going to the gym in this heat and would rather spend the evening with friend outside enjoying a refreshing cocktail. I often times feel less inclined because my physical performance in a hot environment like the sauna that is New York City this week is compromised because of increases in body temperature.

But a little bit goes a long way, and I promise you as you get used to the heat, you'll be able to train harder and tolerate the heat better.

Here are some helpful hints on how to workout in the heat.

*Cut back on your exercise duration or intensity. Start low and go slow!

*Avoid exercising during the hottest times of the day. Early morning or later in the evening works best. Go to an air-conditioned gym. Working out when the gym is blasting the AC might even make you stay at the gym longer. If you workout outdoors, pick a spot that's shaded like a park or tree-lined streets. Join a gym and enjoy their AC. Hopefully, they'll have it blasting.

*DRINK PLENTY OF LIQUIDS. DRINK PLENTY OF LIQUIDS. DRINK PLENTY OF LIQUIDS both before and after your workout. Make sure the liquids are cool because these absorb better than hot liquids.

*Monitor your heart rate and slow down if your pulse is higher than your target zone or if you feel faint or dizzy.

*Be aware of heat stress symptoms: nausea, dizziness, headache, chilling, muscle cramps, extreme breathlessness and reduction in sweat, your natural cooling system.

Of course, you'll need special clothes to workout that work to help keep you cool. Look for lightweight, white or light-colored "wicking" fabrics to help reflect the sun's heat rays and allow for good air circulation. Don't forget your Arbonne sunscreen with SPF 30. It's waterproof and doesn't have any mineral oils. My friend Stephanie keeps hers in her golf bag and another one at home so she's never far away.

The perfect pair of running short to wear when it's a scorcher, these running shorts from Lulu Lemon will get you noticed. The length is a bit longer than the typical running short and the waistband is super comfortable. The light, soft and breathable fabric make it perfect for any sport.



Tracker Shorts from Lulu Lemon

These Under Armour Racerback Tank Tops come in fun colors and have the most comfortable fit. The lightweight texture moves moisture away from your body and the comfortable, four-way stretch can handle all your moves. It also has anti-order technology and UPF 30 protection. I love that a shirt can do all this.



Under Amour Racerback Tank Top

A good support bra is so important when working out, but I hate when they are separate from the top. It's too bulky for me. That's why I can't even begin to tell you in one post how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Power Y Tank Top from Lulu Lemon. It's the best. They are ridiculously comfortable and versatile and they come in a rainbow of colors.

Power Y Tank Top from Lulu Lemon, front view

I love the longer fit and the curved racerback straps. I really feel I can get a full range of motion with this. It's designed with an inner mesh bra with built-in pockets for removable cups.

Power Y Tank Top from Lulu Lemon, back view

These Nike dri-fit tech shorts are best in hot weather and you'll look fabulous when sweating.

Nike's dri-fit tech shorts

Another good bottom to keep around this summer is a pair of not-so-tight fitness pants like theseCapri pants from Athleta. They are flatteringn to most figures and are perfect for short jobs around the park.
Capri pants from Athleta


So, tell me, do you like to work out more in the summer when there's an abundant of sunshine or how are those lazy days of summer working for you? Let me know in the comments.




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