Proverb PT. How to train in the heat like an Athlete
Phew…so the weather has been HOT. Great, this is perfect for training in PEAK season. From a sports training perspective this is a fantastic way to bring your body into its mental and physical peak.
Training in hot weather is hard work, but incredibly beneficial. Studies have shown that it increases perspiration, aids cardiovascular fitness through an increase in blood plasma levels, and surprisingly also reduces overall core temperature while also increases muscle force. Basically helping you to go faster for longer. It's also effective psychologically…basically if I can do it and it’s this hot, I must be doing it well.
Here’s five tips from Luke Sherriff, ex Rugby Pro and Proverb founder;
- Stay Hydrated – training in the heat will make you sweat, this is good as your body is working hard to dissipate the heat, improving heart function and making it work more effectively in the long term. It’s important to drink whenever you feel thirsty, and top up post workout, try coconut water to replenish electrolytes and sodium
- Little by Little – start by some low intensity training, and build up as your body gets more used to it
- Layer up – if the British summer doesn’t allow your endless days of sunshine pop on extra clothing while you train to raise your heat level that way
- Breath – breathe calmly, smoothly and continuously through your workout. Breath control will help you get the most out of your workout, help connect your mentally to what your doing…and stop you from fainting!
- Rest up – it will be an intensive experience and with any training your body will benefit from having a rest day once a week.
Please note that everyone reacts differently to training in heat. Stay safe, don’t overwork your body and look after yourself. Do not try this is you have been ill, feel at all weak or feel at all uncomfortable.