How To: Work out in the Heat
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It’s true, there are few things better than summer in Chicago. For a few precious months we get to forget about windchill advisories and nasty polar vortexes and simply soak up everything that is June, July and August. Outdoor workouts are well-deserved during the summer months but it’s important to make sure you stay safe when temperatures soar. We teamed up with Professor P to bring you this summertime guide to breaking a sweat.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: Professor P says it’s important to make sure you aren’t just getting water but also electrolytes. And when it comes to hydration, timing matters. “Hours before, think about hydrating with water [and] electrolytes to get your tissues saturated,” he says.
- Eat your water: Fruits and vegetables are a great way to naturally get the water and electrolytes that are oh-so-important. Watermelon, anyone?
- Cut the caffeine: “A lot of people don’t think about it but in the morning when you have your caffeine, you actually start dehydrating your body,” Professor P says. You don’t have to cut it out completely but on hotter days, try to limit your intake.
- Take it easy: When temperatures are really hot, realize you might not be able to work out as hard as you normally do. It’s okay (and necessary) to slow down sometimes!
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