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    Working out when the weather is hot

    Hi, Bees!
    So, in Italy summer has suddenly arrived and temperatures are up to 30°. My house is small and very hot during the summer and I really suffer the heat. I often feel weak and fainty in summer, especially in the morning, and I think it's because I have low blood pressure. It gets better when I eat or lay in bed.
    Because of that is getting difficult for me to exercise. The last few days I've exercised in the evening when it's cooler, but I wonder what can I do to endure better the heat, especially when I work out.
    Thanks to everyone!

    #2
    I know a lot of people will say this but having Windows open around your home, keep the doors ajar so the air flow will flow through the rooms, drink plenty of water as you will find you will dehydrate quickly in the hot weather.
    you are doing the right thing and training when it's not so hot.
    also what about having portable electronic fans in the room that you train in.
    hopes this helps.

    johnj49.

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      #3
      I would be cautious with having the windows and doors open. Depending on the climate you have that day, you might make your home hotter and more humid. If there's no breeze outside and it's hot, I'd keep the windows closed and open them as soon as a breeze comes up.
      What (kinda) works for me is working out in few or light clothes (last summer I wore a bikini top and shorts). Drinking dilated and cooled teas helps me more than drinking pure water. Post-workout, I like to drink a cold buttermilk, that cools me down quite well.
      Drinking sieved tomatoes with pepper helps me, too (or just drink tomato juice).
      You can also try to regularly showering off your forearms and maybe your legs (always shower towards your heart).
      I've also heard that people in really hot countries like to drink hot beverages to feel cooler.
      That's all for the moment I can think of.

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        #4
        You can choose lighter workouts and get them when it's a little cooler, do more short workouts than a longer one.
        What works for me is to continue to exercise but in a sensible way given the temperature, in summer it does not make sense to overdo it

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          #5
          I would advise against opening doors, windows and shutters. Close shutters all day to avoid the sunlight heating the air inside. Close the doors and windows as well so the layer of air between them and the shutters isolates your house from the heat outside. If the night air is still cool, open everything at night so at least the inside air refreshes.

          About exercising, choose the coolest hour of the day (should be early morning) and drink a lot more than usual because it is the natural refreshening system of the body. I would advise against exercising outside, over 30 degrees I believe you would more harm your body than help it. If you can, try to exercise in another place that is cooler, like at the gym or at a friend's.

          Keep going !
          Last edited by Yurishka; June 10th, 2019, 09:14 AM. Reason: typos

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            #6
            Red Wind ... I was going through Cardio Rehab this time last year and asked about taking the long walks I'm supposed to be doing when the summer heat hits.
            You are younger, I suspect, and more resilient than I, and I was told not to raise my pulse if the temp gets over 80 degrees (F).
            How to get in my walks in the heat? Drive to the nearest mall and walk where it has AC!
            My home gym is in the basement, so, underground and cooler.
            And vote to support controlling Environmental Change.

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              #7
              You may exercise the hours as early in the morning,also to try workouts with little time and maybe intense to have reasults (epic five program)

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                #8
                You just need to get used to it. Drink at least half a liter of water an hour before working out and steadily increase the duration of your workouts. Drink small amounts of water in between exercises. Of course you need to pay attention to when it's too hot to exercise - sometimes it can be dangerous. If you have an air conditioner turn it on or join a gym that has AC, get into the shower and pure cold water on yourself, train outside next to the sea or lake that is safe to get into.

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                  #9
                  As a couple of others have said, try doing your workouts in the morning if you can. That's my suggestion.

                  You live in Italy so you're more used to it than some of us who only get hot weather very rarely (except last year here in England, where we had > 30 degrees for 3 months solid!)

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                    #10
                    Thanks to all of you!
                    Since I will soon finish 30 Days of HIIT, I will start Total Abs and the Iron Glutes Challenge so that I don't do too much cardio.
                    I usually sleep in the early morning and morning is the time when I feel low blood pressure the most, so I prefer evenings.
                    I will work out at my parents home every time I can, since it's much cooler. I will also try to keep my house as cool as possible with a fan.

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                      #11
                      Where I live, it's always humid and hot from late April/May to October,


                      so here are a few strategies that can definitely help:

                      Like others have said, work out when it's cooler and/or less humid. Early morning is better than evening, imo.

                      Drink water before work outs, take water breaks during work outs and drink water after work outs. You may want to put a tiny pinch of salt in water (and make sure it dissolves well) if you perspire a lot. Fruit is also very good for rehydration. Decaf cold tea is good too. (Dizziness can indicate dehydration, low sodium, or low blood sugar -- so this suggestion may work for those)
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                      If you don't have AC, try what's called a "swamp cooler": set up an electric fan to blow on the area where you are working out; get a large bowl and put a little water in the bottom of it, and fill the rest of it with ice cubes; put the bowl in front of the fan so the cool air from the ice and bowl is blowing onto you. It can help in small areas for as long as the bowl is cold.

                      Take headbands, handkerchiefs, or bandannas, get them damp and put them in the freezer also. Get one out just before an exercise break and put it on during the break, loose around the neck, like a loose necklace. Hold another one in your hands during the break. Throw them back in the freezer when the break is over.

                      Anytime you get dizzy or nauseous, STOP, and no more exercise that day. Drink lots of fluids. If your urine is darker than straw or pale yellow, and you aren't taking medications, you are likely dehydrated.

                      Alternate your choice of activities: I do more weightlifting when it's hot/humid, because overall my body moves less and I sweat less. I do more calisthenics/boxing/martial arts when it's cooler. You may find that weightlifting or yoga are more effective workouts during the hot months.

                      Change what you wear to work out if you feel comfortable with that. The more body surface exposed, the more heat loss through evaporation. This obviously depends on what you feel comfortable in. For instance, if you are wearing sweat pants or yoga pants, you may want to wear shorts instead.

                      I could go on and on, and it looks like I have. The gist is hydrate, increase breaks, listen to what your body tells you, and change time or type of activity if helpful.

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