Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Fitness Specialists. This is part three of our blog series about working out when it’s hot. If you live in Odessa or Lubbock, you know how hot it can be on your average summer day. It can be extremely unmotivating to try working out during this time because the heat is constantly bearing down on you, especially when you’re working outside. Keep reading to learn about a few ways to stay in shape and contact Fitness Specialists to learn more about starting an in-home gym.
Triathlons are events that involve swimming, cycling, and running; in that order. Although triathlons are an Olympic sport, that doesn't mean you can’t host your own or take part in one that is going on around your town. They’re a great workout and it seems like they were almost specifically designed with a hot summer day in mind. Since you start with swimming, you’ll be kept nice and cool by the water evaporating off of you while you bike and run.
Sometimes making a simple change to your diet is enough to make it much easier to exercise when it’s scorching hot outside. The first food you should avoid is anything spicy. According to Food Republic, capsaicin, the compound found in spicy foods, temporary causes an increase in body temperature. Although it’s only temporary, if it’s already hot out, you’re going to be in some serious discomfort.
The second food you should avoid is anything diuretic. Essentially, what this means is anything that increases your body’s water excretion. This includes things like coffee soda, tea, and many other drinks. Other foods include mangoes, asparagus, and fennel.
The third and final food to avoid when it’s hot is high-protein or foods with a lot of sodium. Yes, we all love having a burger or hotdog at our annual summer barbeque, but when it’s so hot out, you’re going to need to know when to call it quits.
Remember, your exercise routine is no use to you if you’re suffering from a heat stroke or dehydration. We want you to be able to maintain your exercise routine all year round, but that’s only possible if you take it at your own pace and know your limits. If you miss a few days of your workout due to heat, it’s not a problem. That’s better than taking a risk.
These are a couple great ways to stay in shape when the temperature starts rising here in Texas. Another great way to stay in shape is to start making your own in-home gym. Unlike public gyms, you won’t have to pay a monthly membership fee and you’ll be able to workout on your own time, in your own environment. If you’re ready to speak with a gym equipment specialist in Texas, don’t hesitate to call us today.