It’s no secret that being an athlete who spends the majority of their time performing in the heat is a challenge.
In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, exercising in high heat and humidity intensifies how hard the body needs to work to maintain normal function. Core body temperature rises regardless during a workout but is more intense and quicker in warmer weather. In response, the body turns on sweat glands and circulates more blood to the skin in order to cool it down. In addition, the heart pumps faster to send blood to muscles and the skin. High core temperatures, increased heart rate and dehydration caused by increased sweating can cause your overall performance to suffer or even lead to any number of heat-related illnesses.
So how can you prepare properly and ensure your body is ready to workout strong in the summer heat? Follow these 6 tips for working out in intense heat and your performance will be less likely to suffer.