London is hot today. And not just in that ‘aw look at the little Londoners thinking it’s hot’ way, it’s actually really hot. I’m sweating just sitting still.
I’m planning on a couple of hour’s of cycling tonight and a yoga class balanced on surfboards so I’ve got some ways below that you can enjoy the heat and still workout. I’ll be using these later!
1) Hydrate hydrate hydrate
I know it’s obvious but you need to be drinking 2 litres of water minimum everyday, even more on days like these and even more if you’re going to be working out on days like these. A 60 minute workout can dehydrate you by 500ml-1litre so make sure you’re putting this back in your body
2) Pay attention to your electrolytes
Electrolytes (potassium, sodium, magensium, calcium) are lost when you sweat so if you sweat heavily through prolonged exercise you might start to experience fatigue, dizziness, nausea, headaches (my most common symptom) and tummy issues. The best thing to do is to add a rehydration tablet to 750ml of water after your workout and sip on it as you recover.
3) Wear comfortable clothes
Now is the time for sweat-wicking fabrics but also remember that the more you sweat the higher the potential is for chafing. Whether it’s under your arms or between your thighs identify where your problem areas are and prepare for it! Products like Bodyglide might help if you’re planning on heading out for a long cardio sesh.
4) Avoid the midday sun
Even if you’re not an early bird it might be time for you to make the switch to early morning alarms. Working out earlier in the day will mean you avoid the heat of the middle of the day or the hot evenings and will give you a a boost of energy to make it through the rest of the day.
5) Try something new
How inviting does a glitteringly cool lake sound right about now….? I know right? Rather than going for a run why not try one of London’s open-air lidos? Or how about some canoeing or aqua yoga so that if it all gets a bit too much you can have a quick dip? Excuse me while I go and dunk myself in the nearest puddle…