We’ve had some cracking weather in the UK recently and there is currently no real sign of it letting up. While it is nice to have some sunshine to enjoy, the heat can be too much for some people. This is especially the case if you are used to getting a lot of exercise.
Sometimes it can be a better idea to reduce the amount of exercise you are getting when the weather is extremely hot. This is particularly true if you are outside and making the most of the sunshine. It is very easy to get dehydrated when you are expending extra energy, and if this happens you can soon feel very ill indeed.
Don’t assume you are safe from taking extra measures if you are indoors either. For instance let us suppose you always take a two mile bike ride on your exercise bike each day. This would be fine in normal circumstances but if the room is stuffy and hot you will struggle to complete the same amount of exercise you do normally.
There are some solutions though. Firstly you should be drinking more water anyway, since it will rehydrate you and stop you from getting those horrible headaches that come with dehydration. Don’t wait until you get the headaches either – make sure you start drinking plenty from the minute you get up in the morning to the minute you go to bed. Your body will need even more if you are planning to get on your exercise bike too.
It may also help to keep the windows open if there is a breeze. Otherwise you could get a fan and have it pointing in your general direction while you are on the bike.
Make sure too that you don’t try and continue if you find you simply feel too hot to do so. If this is the case you should get off and find somewhere cool to sit. Grab yourself a drink and take sips – don’t gulp it all down in one go as that can make you feel worse.
Common sense should always prevail here. If you find it is too warm to go ahead with your usual workout, don’t worry too much. You can always switch it to later in the day when it is cooler, or postpone it to another day altogether. Whatever you do it should be better than doing too much.