How to Prevent Overheating Your Body During Exercise

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Stay Hydrated To Stay Efficient

You’ve probably already heard that water is a pretty big deal when it comes to the normal operation of the human body. Even though our bodies are made up of around 60% of this liquid, most of us walk around habitually dehydrated. When it comes to getting the best results, that just doesn’t cut it. If you lose as little as 2% of your body weight in fluids, you could experience a measurable decrease in athletic performance. One study out of the Georgia Institute of Technology showed that dehydration leads to shape changes inside of the brain. Consequently, you may experience intensified neural signaling, which makes easy tasks much more difficult to execute.

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Choose Your Time Of Day Wisely

While the warm weather can be a much welcome change of pace, you don’t have to aim to be your best outdoors when the temperature is at its highest. The temperature tends to be at its highest between 10 am-3 pm, so opting for early morning workouts or circling back in the evening when things have cooled down a bit are good options.

Come Prepared To Brace The Heat

If you know that the conditions will be rough, make sure you are properly prepared to outlast them safely and effectively. Use sunscreen! It’s important to protect your skin from potential burns. Wear light-colored clothing that will help reflect heat instead of absorbing it. If running or training outdoors, try to find a shaded trail or location to call your gym for the day. Don’t set yourself up for failure by ignoring these often forgotten factors.

Learn How to Prevent Overheating Your Body

Always be mindful of your body temperature. Follow the advice above, and when all else fails, know when to throw in the towel. If you hear about a potential heatwave where temperatures and humidity may be above normal levels, then sometimes you have to just be able to make the decision to skip that day’s workout. You may lose this one battle, but when implementing the tips above, you will surely win the war.



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