During the summer in El Paso, the heat can be uncomfortable to live in, but for active people it can become dangerous. When temperatures go up into the 100s we need to be wary of potential health risks that this sweltering heat brings with it.
Here are a few tips for safely adapting your exercise routine to the hot months ahead.
work out in the morning and evening
If possible, work out during cooler times of the day like the morning and evening hours. Avoid peak hours of heat between 10 am and 3 pm.
Some studies show that there is are additional benefits to working out in the morning such as a metabolic boost for the rest of the day. So if you don’t mind dragging yourself out of bed an hour or so earlier, this could be a good solution for you.
When it comes to dry desert heat, dehydration can sneak up on us with little warning.
Dehydration can cause headaches, loss of coordination and cramps. With risks of heatstroke at large, it’s important to stay hydrated through out a workout. This includes hydrating before, during and after your exercise. Try to to consume a few ounces of water every 20 mins or so.
An important tip to staying hydrated is to listen carefully to what your body is telling you.
watch the weather
Tune into the weather channel so you’ll be prepared for those extreme highs. Knowing what the day or week has in store can help you model what to do one what day. If there’s a cool draft coming in, you might want to reschedule that marathon level cross country run to coincide.
work out inside
You don’t have to take to the streets to get a good cardio session in. Our equipment can be set for inclines and has customizations for various difficulty levels. Working out within a controlled temperature is one of the safest things you can do during the summer.
So, our last and best tip is to come to EP Fitness.