John Basedow: No one likes to sweat up a storm especially when they workout in warm weather. Here are my five tips to stay cool when you are exercising this summer.
First, be smarter in the heat. If you know its going to be a hot day, exercise in the early morning or after it's cooled down for the day. During the hottest days, work out in the gym to skip the heat altogether. If you've never attempted an activity, don't try it for the first time during a hot day.
Second, hydrate, hydrate; hydrate, you should drink water before and after your workout and during if you can. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Proper hydration helps your body regulate its temperature. So make sure you get enough fluids. Third, dress for success. Wear breathable clothing in light colors to reflect the sun or wear moisture wicking clothing to help keep your cool. Wearing sunglasses with UV protection and a wide brimmed hat will help keep the sun off your face, keeping you cooler. If your workout involves a helmet remove it periodically to help released trapped heat.
Fourth, exercise smarter, not harder. Don't make fitness a game of how miserable you can make yourself. You can't get results without overstressing your body. If it's harder than you used to, cut back on your pace or your exposure.
And fifth, partner up for a challenging workout in a remote location. A companion can get help if you succumb to heat exhaustion. Plus, it's always more fun to work out together.
When you plan ahead you can stay cool or workout long.