I feel fortunate this time of year that my go-to exercises, Pilates & Barre, can be done indoors! However, I do like to sprinkle a run in here and there and apparently I thought I was ‘tougher’ than the heat forecast yesterday when I laced up the tennies and hit the road around 9:30. My clients asked if I was sunburned, no just cherry cheeked from the scorching Carolina climate of July. As my face paled, the dehydration headache did not and I found myself lethargic and listless by mid-afternoon.
I quickly learned from my mistake and found ways to safely get some cardio in without being a summer science project on humidity and hydration.
Safe Heat Exercise Practices:
- Get any outdoor exercise in as early in the day as possible or as late in the evening as possible when the temperatures dip down.
- 90 minutes before activity, drink 16 oz of water, 30 minutes before drink 8 oz, and then drink 8 oz during each 60 minutes of activity.
- Take this time to try out the virtual studio. We have created a Pilates and Barre experience that can be utilized on your time and in your space! We love the time segmented class offerings of 15, 30, 45, and 60 minutes!
- Eat lightly immediately before and after your physical activity as to not upset your stomach. A banana 45 minutes ahead of time is my go to.
- Put on a good sunscreen to avoid unintentional sunburns.
- Invest in a good ‘cool towel.’ These can be wet multiple times, bring the towel temperature down as much as 30 degrees* and apply to the the back of the neck and head to bring your core temperature down. *According to EnduraCool.
- Check out my pal Marie with Lush Vitality’s hydration lemonade recipe to beat fatigue and headaches.
- Wear as little clothing as possible! That’s right a la Joe Pilates style with tiny shorts. Loose and light fabrics help keep your core temperatures from rising too high and prevent that feeling that your organs are melting like ice cream.
- Are you in the Charleston area? Great! You can come into our studio with air conditioning and take a booty kicking Pilates or Barre class.