The summer heat wave has officially hit Baltimore. Don’t spend time neglecting workouts or battling the heat; instead, get smart about your workout habits.
It’s time to take a call to action and prepare for hot humid summer days in Baltimore.
Consider some of these tips to better prepare you for training in hot, humid, weather.
Being a well-prepared and informed workout enthusiast could save you time and money from injuries and missed out workouts.
We all hate the fact of training in hot hazy conditions and it can sometimes lead to undue stress on the body.
The worst thing to worry about this summer is dry itchy skin, heat hives or sore muscles.
You might encounter Dry Skin if you take long hot showers after working out and don’t immediately moisturize the skin.
Usually, it’s advised during winter to take less hot showers to keep the skin from drying. But in the summer, your skin needs moisture; try after showing applying lotion to wet skin. This will help absorb moisture quicker than applying lotion to towel dried skin.
Chaffing is another common nuisance known to fitness enthusiasts that is caused by sweat, rubbing of the skin and wearing clothes that are too snug or loose. Irritated skin is mostly on the inner thighs, bra line or under arms.
Try applying Vaseline or Body Glide before and after workouts. Wear clothing that wicks moisture away from the skin.
Properly Hydrating can prevent heat exhaustion and dehydration. Perhaps, the number rule of thumb of for preventative measures when working out in the heat, everyone should make sure to stay hydrated.
After a workout try quenching your thirst with a fruit smoothie or chilled drink to boost energy and speed recovery.
Some runners suffer from a common condition called, Urticaria (heat hives), that is induced from allergic reactions or environmental factors in hot or cold conditions.
The red hives symptoms take over the body and can last up to 24 hours. If your conditions last longer, you may want to consult your physician. Try taking antihistamines to calm reaction. Train in cooler conditions or modify training intensity.
Soreness is common as you begin to increase the level of intensity of your workouts. If soreness continues, than you may want to add in a few recovery days.
Try using a massage foam roller to get the knots out. It’s free and you can skip having to schedule an appointment with a masseur or masseuse.
Tight or strained muscles call for lots of tender, love, and care. Try using powered milk to massage area.
If you’re mentally tough enough for a cold bath then plunge into the ice bath. You can use cold water from your tub and add ice. Soak for at least 5 to 10 max.