As the sun beats down and the mercury rises, working out seems like a sure path to passing out.
How can you get your workout on safely and effectively, even as summer in the city reaches its sticky peak? Rekindling your love affair with a refrigerated gym or fitness studio is one way, of course. But what about all those outdoor boot camps, yoga classes on the pier, and training runs you’ve been doing?
We turned to three fitness professionals with lots of sweaty experience for their advice. Here’s what they had to say:
Holly Rilinger, Training Camp founder and Flywheel instructor
Make a hydration plan: Make sure you drink at least 20 ounces of water a few hours before exercise, 8 ounces within the hour before it, then plan to sip water every 10 minutes during training.
Try to work out early in the morning or later in the day when temperatures are not as severe.
Bring the pace down a notch. No need to go for personal bests in extreme heat. Get out there. Work intensely but work smart. Listen to your body. If you feel light headed or overheated, slow it down and recover.