Making sure that you are prepared for the proper environment that you are going to train in or compete in is very crucial for your success and many people do not do this when traveling from one environment to another. The first and foremost thing that you as an exerciser or athlete is to understand what kind of athlete you are. Are you aerobic or anaerobic? Aerobic activity is physical activity that deals with the cardiovascular system that involves the aerobic system for energy for long endurance activities such as a marathon runner or tri-athlete, and the anaerobic athlete is more of a more athlete that use Creatine Phosphate system along with the store glycogen system for short bouts of power for sprinting in any sport, running or swimming, powerlifting/bodybuilding and professional sports such as football/rugby, soccer and basketball.
No matter where an athlete is from, they need to make sure they understand where they are going to train or compete. The biggest worry is if the environment is cold or hot, and the exerciser or athlete needs to pay special attention to these environments along with the terrain they will be working in.
In cold conditions hypothermia can sit in below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. It is highly important to understand what kind of environment you are working out in whether it is cross country skiing, snow shoeing, or hiking as well as running. You should make sure to pack at least of couples of candles, tin cans, matches or lighters, rope and twine and easy carry food such as granola, pre-packed food and water. Signs of hypothermia are shaking, pale white skin, blue lips, purple or black finger tips or toes.
For hot climates the same should go into context with making sure you have a good food source, but you should make sure that you have much more fluid intake sources such as Gatorade or PowerAde which have the proper sodium and potassium electrolyte balance that is needed to keep hydration and proper balance for the energy system to keep moving, but there should be cold fluids taken in when possible, along with cold damp cloths to help keep temperature down in the hyperthermia case. Signs of hyperthermia would be light headiness, nausea, profuse sweating, weakness in the limbs, convulsions, and heart attack or myocardial infarction.
The last two key understandings when trying to become acclimated to different environments is to look at the weather and find out what kind of climate you are about to work out in whether it be training or competition along with the altitude of the location.
When in your place of training or competition, you should take in the environment slowly and pay attention to your body. Make sure you slowly adapt to your new environment, the heat or cold, altitude and the terrain. Just remember to always to carry a great electrolyte drink or two and you will succeed in acclimating yourself to the proper fitness environment.