Oh, the weather outside is frightful…ly hot, but it’s still important to stick to your goals and keep getting a sweat on, when you’re already getting your sweat on just standing still. But working out in the heat requires a little more effort to stay safe and to stay on track.
There are benefits to exercising in the heat, explains Fit Farmer co-host Gary Chambers, to Shaun Haney, in this recorded-in-the-heat edition of the podcast, but it’s just as important to change up your time of day, chosen exercise, and more.
When it comes to staying safe in extreme temperatures, Chambers says, you may need to come up with a plan completely different than running or biking. Swimming or aqua fitness can be great alternatives, plus they save your knees.
An avid ‘gravel road rider,’ Chambers also says that if you run or cycle, you should plan to get off the pavement — find shaded trails, near water, and, perhaps most importantly, get out in the morning, before the heat of the day.
And, as always, stay hydrated, switch your nutrition up to cool, water-dense snacks vs. energy bars, and know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
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