Written by OK Staff, December 2, 2016

Ben Lucas from Flow Athletic reveals how to train smart over summer.

The one downfall of summer (and there aren’t many!)? Sometimes exercising can be a challenge, especially if it’s a really hot day. Here are some tips for helping you maintain a  fitness regime when the heat is on!

TRAIN EARLY OR LATE
‘Be smart about your training times and workout in the morning before it gets too hot or after work when it starts to cool down,’ Ben recommends. ‘Try training by the water as the sea breeze can help to make you more comfortable.’

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WEAR TH ERIGHT CLOTHING
‘Avoid wearing everyday clothes, such as cotton shirts that trap sweat and heat against the body,’ says Ben. ‘Instead, dress in technical apparel made from moisture-wicking fabrics, which can help soak up the sweat from your skin. And aim to wear light colours that reflect the sun.’

BE AWARE OF HUMIDITY
‘Training outside in a humid environment may put too much unnecessary stress on your body, so take your workout indoors on those days.’

HYDRATE!
‘Remember, always bring water with you,’ says Ben. ‘Have a sip of water every 15 to 20 minutes while exercising in extreme heat. Aim to drink one to two litres throughout the day, too.’

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
‘Don’t go overboard with your training on a very hot day,’ says Ben. ‘Listen to your body and take it slower if you need to.’

TIP: ‘If it’s particularly hot, you may need to replace electrolytes via a supplement or coconut water,’ Ben recommends.

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