My love for running or regular exercising tends to diminish a tad bit in summers… the heat does kill the enthusiasm.Even though am only a morning runner and an early starter (between 5.45 am - 6 am) I still cant seen to evade the heat and the humidity.
Running in the hot weather obviously increases the body temperature, to keep me cool I follow some simple guidelines to ensure I give my best to the run or the exercise routine that I am following.
- For any run longer that 5k I have started carrying a small water bottle with either nimbu pani (lime water) with a pinch of salt and ½ tsp of sugar or Glucon –D. Gives me the required energy and keeps me hydrated. Though during the marathons there are water stations at regular distance, I avoid carrying any bottle, even a milligram of extra weight seems heavy towards the finish line J
- In spite of the heat I do not avoid the warm up, it’s absolutely important to get the body ready for exercise. Simple stretches go a long way; ignorance will only lead to injury.
- Skin is the first to get affected by the harsh sun rays, I coat my self in layers of sun screen (I still get tanned) this is a must even if the working out is indoors.
- Cotton is my friend for all seasons but for running it’s the ‘dry fit’ tees and lowers which work the best to beat the heat and the sweat.
- Avoid cotton socks while running or exercising, during long runs I end up getting blisters, I have switched to running socks which are available in all branded sports outlets, these socks absorb the sweat and keep the feet cool.
- If none of the above work try swimming… perfect way to exercise and not sweat!