Stay cool and keep moving

Phew….what a lovely, lovely week of sunshine we've had.

I am doing my best not to complain or moan...but to relish it. However, it does mean my clients and I need to make a few adjustments to training. Mainly I've been slowing everything down. That way we don't lose the fitness gains and there's still a benefit from coming to classes and sessions.

Tempting as it may be to sit in the garden, under a tree and sip something cool and refreshing….you can still stay active. Here are some tips to keep you moving:

  1. Early mornings are the best time for any exercise that's really going to get you out of breath. Whether running or interval training or walking the dog...getting out before 7am really is the best part of the day.
  2. Stay well hydrated. Got that fuzzy head feeling in the afternoon and finding it hard to concentrate? Have a glass of water or two and see if that helps. If you're going to do any exercise, make sure you are adding in a couple of extra glasses or bottles of water during the day before you get active. And for hydration purposes it's best that the water isn't ice cold….your body can absorb it so much quicker if it's already body temperature. Add a slice of cucumber or some fresh mint leaves to make it more refreshing. Use a glass or a stainless steel water bottle, plastic can leach chemicals into the water, especially when it's warm.
  3. Slow it down. Walk rather than run. Give yourself extra time for a stretch. Do some core training rather than heavy cardio. Keep moving but don't make it too heavy. And if you're outside find some shade.

Oh...and do get some sun on your skin. It's great to cover up and apply suncream if you're going to be out and about for a while, but a 15-20 minutes of sun on your skin in the morning is a great way to get your daily dose of vitamin D – great for your bone and brain health!

And of course my brand new 6.30am class in Long Ashton is a perfect way to beat the heat!