I’ve done up plenty of posts on training in COLD weather – – plenty and plenty of them if ya’ll have noticed, so today I thought I’d go one different and talk about HOT weather – and how to train in hot weather – for optimal benefits.
And when I say hot, I MEAN hot.
I mean – as in the sun blazing down upon you in all it’s full fury as you workout – and humidity levels that approach 97% or thereabouts.
Doesn’t sound too pleasant, does it?
And yet, those (minus the humidity which admittedly hasn’t reached the peaks I’m referring to – – as YET, that is!) were the conditions I got a workout in in today, and right now, as I sit here (thanking whoever invented the air-con, hehe), I’m feeling on top of the world.
As I made my way up the hill for the third time – as opposed to the 4 or 5 climbs I’ve been getting in as of late, something told me it was ENOUGH.
And enough it was – I was literally leaving a “trail of sweat” behind me as I walked – literally dripping like a wet sponge – and as I saw others abandon the climb mid-way, I thought I’d write about how to train in hot weather – outdoors – and how to make it a roaring success!
So without further ado, here goes.
One, and as in cold weather, make things brief and SNAPPY. Don’t dally forever between sets – this is especially important in COLD climes, since your body “cools down” in that time – especially if you’re training in REAL cold conditions.
Its’ important in hot conditions too though. Remember, you’re sweating every minute you’re out there – and if the sun is blazing down – and if you’re doing tough, tough routines – such as those in Eat More -Weigh Less, then you run the risk of getting fatigued before you even finish your workout if you “linger” too long in between sets.
Second, limit the “long distance cardio” – if you really must do it at all. I don’t count my hill climbs done briskly as part of LSD but even so, I called it a day at three quick climbs – that was all I needed, especially in this heat!
Unseasonal weather here, I must say – and on that front, I’m pretty sure the cold is lurking around the corner for “one last go” as it were – but until that time, I’m going to limit myself to three climbs per workout.
Last, but not least, the TIME you workout is vitally important – doubly so if you’re working out outdoors.
Being the crazed fool I am, I end up training during the hottest part of the day, hehe.
I’ve written before about how I clambered up that hill at MIDDAY no less at a certain point in my life – 2005, to be precise, and literally felt like I was breathing in FIRE with every breath, so oppressively hot and humid it was out there.
I still workout in the afternoons as that works best for me – but you, my dear reader, would probably be best suited by taking a different approach.
The hours between 11 AM and 4 PM are best avoided if you’re working out outdoors during hot weather – so if at all possible, workout either before or after those times (my moonlight sprints in India are a perfect example of “adapting” in this regard).
And as always – stay hydrated – doubly – and triply so – in hot weather – that one is self explanatory!
Alright, my friend, that is IT for now. All common sense tips, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t have what you’d consider to be “common” sense, hehe. Ain’t all that common if I might say so!
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