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Information and Tips for Training in the Summer Heat

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Training in the outdoors during the hot summer months is more challenging than working out during the cooler spring and fall months. As the heat and humidity increase, your overall performance tends to decrease. This is largely due to the fact that the body, on the physiological level, does not function as well. The body sweats more, which translates to dehydration. In addition, the heart rate is much higher and blood flow is reduced. As a result, less oxygen is getting to the muscles.

Sweating cannot be helped while working out, especially outdoors in summertime. Sweat is the body’s own natural air conditioning system to help cool down the body. The sweat removes excess heat from within the body. As the sweat evaporates, it cools. However, the rate of evaporation is directly related to the humidity levels. Higher humidity means slower evaporation and less cooling.

With sweating also comes dehydration, because the body is losing water, salt, and electrolytes. Further complicating matters is an increase in heart rate. Normally it will increase about four beats per minute when working out at temperatures below 75 degrees Fahrenheit. As the temperature continues to climb, heart rates can increase 10 beats or more per minute, with increases in humidity further contributing to even higher heart rates.

In addition, as sweat is released, the volume of blood flow declines, too. This means there is less blood returning to the heart and lungs to get oxygen and supply that oxygen to your muscles. Since the muscles are getting less oxygen, they cannot produce as much energy, so you will notice a slowdown in your workout routine.

However, exercising outdoors in hot summer days does have its benefits. Mainly, your endurance levels and performance will increase as your body acclimates to working out in this type of environment. Even still, there are several precautions you should take, along with these tips to ensure a safe workout:

  1. Keep hydrated. Drink a few glasses of water before starting your routine, and take along plenty of water. Remember to drink a little water about every fifteen minutes, as well as few more glasses of water afterwards.
  2. Avoid the hottest times of the day. It is best to avoid working out from around 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., as this is when it is hottest. Try to fit your routines in either before or after this time.
  3. Remember to protect your skin. Wear a high SPF rated sunscreen that is waterproof to protect your skin, even on cloudy and overcast days.
  4. Wear light colored, breathable clothing. Light colors reflect heat, and breathable clothing helps keep you cooler.
  5. Replenish lost electrolytes and salt after workouts. Eat sports nutrition bars and drink water infused with electrolytes to restore the proper levels.

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The Wrong and Right Ways to Use a Workout Bar

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When you reach for a yummy workout bar, you probably don’t give much thought to whether you are using the bar in the right manner. After all, you are eating it in place of a sugary, fatty snack, so you must be on the right track, right? Well, the answer is “probably not.” If you are not eating these bars at the right times, and for the right reasons, you won’t get any benefits from eating them. Let’s take a closer look at the wrong and right ways to use these bars.

The Wrong Way

The wrong way to use these bars is easy—don’t use them as a total meal replacement all of the time. Instead, add them into your daily diet in appropriate places, which we will discuss in the next section of this article. Another wrong way to use these bars is to eat them for all of your daily snacks. These bars are packed full of different proteins, carbs, and nutrients. However, they are not made to be munched on twelve times a day. Finally, another wrong way to use these bars is to depend on them to lose weight. These are not weight-loss bars. They are not going to melt away the pounds. They need to be a part of a well-rounded diet and exercise plan.

The Right Way

Now, on to the right ways to use these bars. As mentioned, these bars need to be a part of a well-rounded diet and exercise plan. So, don’t depend solely on the bars to help you lose weight. Also, don’t depend on the bars as a meal replacement every day of the week. Instead, add the bars where they will be must useful during the day—before and after a workout. They are, after all, workout bars, so they need to be utilized as such. These bars are not “snack” bars. They are meant to fuel your body with necessary nutrients. When is the best time for fueling? Before and after a workout!

Using these bars before a workout will give your body everything it needs to get through the workout, no matter how grueling it may be. Then, after the workout, you can gnaw on another bar or the other half of your bar. This will help replenish everything your body lost during the workout. It will also keep that metabolism working properly, so when you do sit down for a meal, your body handles the  calories the right way.

So, there you have it—the wrong and right ways to use these kinds of bars. It is rather simple—t use them before and after workouts. Now, if you do need a quick pick-me-up every once in a while during the day, you can eat a bar. Just try not to make it a habit. There is no magic bar that is going to get your body fit and trim. Instead, pay attention to your diet and exercise plan, and you will soon see results.

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