Summer Fitness: The Do’s and Don’ts
It’s too hot, it’s too sunny, it’s festival season – we know it’s all too easy to slip out of your fitness routine during the summer. Here are just a few of our Do’s and Don’ts to bear in mind when you’re about to head off to your 52nd BBQ…
DO Workout in the waves
Not only are the local beaches a great way to build up a tan or have fun making sandcastles, it is also a great opportunity for you to build muscle. No matter what sport you may choose to do, every fitness helps to shape and tone you – whether it’s surfing, swimming or paddleboarding.
If you don’t fancy working out in the great outdoors, don’t forget that we have 80+ group exercise classes at Atlantic Reach every week, including BODYCOMBAT, aqua aerobics and spin classes. Learn more and take a look at the timetable here!
DON’T Wait to drink until you’re thirsty
You can’t exercise without getting a little sweaty it’s important to remember that, especially in the summer, water helps to regulate your body’s temperature. When you’re dehydrated, fatigue sets in and so your body won’t perform at its best. Our advice? Make sure you have a big bottle of water with you during workouts and drink a glass or two before heading out into the sunshine. It’s also important to remember that coffee, or any highly caffeinated drink, can act as a diuretic and allow your body to lose more fluid than normal.
DO Wear appropriate clothing
Cotton is a good choice for casual wear, but not for exercising! This is because cotton absorbs sweat easily, which could make you uncomfortable. Instead, choose breathable workout wear for your summer fitness routines. Look for labels that use terms like “moisture wicking” or loose fitting clothing, as it won’t trap the moisture.
DON’T Take chances
If you do plan to exercise outdoors, be sure to check the weather forecast to find out if there will be heat advisories in effect. If you have to change your workout time, make the effort to get up a little earlier and get outside while the sun isn’t so intense and the heat isn’t so harsh. If you start to feel weak, lightheaded, dizzy, nauseated, muscle cramping or rapid heartbeat, stop working out and cool off immediately. Make sure you sun cream up too!
DO Take advantage of the weather
Working out in hot temperatures should burn more fat and calories as your body has to work harder to cool itself down. Your body releases heat through sweat, which comes from blood pumped to your skin – the hotter your body gets, the more blood your heart needs to pump to expel that heat!
Either cool your body down post-workout by diving into our outdoor pool or intensify your workout and add resistance by wearing water shoes!
DON’T Jump straight in
If you’re usually more of an indoor-kinda-person, make sure you give your body the chance to get acclimatised to the great outdoors. Ease into the idea and be okay with shorter, less intense exercise sessions outside until your body gets used to the difference.
DO Try new things
With all this lovely sunny weather, we know you’ll want to make the most of the summer – so we’re taking some of our regular classes outdoors! Connect to nature during an outdoor yoga class, so you can soak up the rays and boost your chakra at the same time. Check out the timetable and book yourself in here!
Written by Daisy Colwill whilst on Work Experience, 2018.
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