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Don’t Sweat It: Exercise Safely this Summer
- Updated: July 16, 2013
The summer months give avid exercisers the chance to free themselves from the depths of their local gym. Many jump at the opportunity to trade their treadmill in for the black top or trails, and enjoy the great outdoors while getting their workout in.
Not to mention the chance to get away from the “friend” you never want to see, but always run in to at the gym.
Many enjoy the summer heat during their workout, citing that it forces them to not only exert more energy and effort, but also leads to additional weight loss and cleanses the body of the toxins that entered the previous weekend.
However, these high temperatures often lead to cases of heat exhaustion, dehydration, and even serious illness. People choosing to run or workout outdoors must take precaution before partaking in these activities.
Crossfit is a fairly new training program that has caught fire in the American work out market. As one of the most intense and physically demanding regimens, crossfit challenges its participants through unique, concentrated exercises.
Clint Zeidenberg, a longtime trainer of the aforementioned Crossfit, experiences first hand the effects of heat on himself and his participants during outdoor workouts that he and his team of trainers regularly incorporate at the “Whip It Crossfit” gym Zeidenberg owns in Guilford, Connecticut.
When asked how to get the most out of an outdoor workout on a hot day, Zeidenberg could not stress the importance of proper hydration enough.
“We post reminders on our website, on our fan page and throughout our box to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. We also make electrolyte packets available to help ensure they don’t become dehydrated,” Zeidenberg said.
“Just like we need to eat before and after exercising, we also need to make sure we give our bodies water, before, during and after exercising,” he said.
Thankfully, these precautions have allowed “Whip It Crossfit” to be incident free thus far this summer, even with their outdoor work outs continuing as scheduled during the current heat wave that is slowing down the entire East Coast.
Zeidenberg says it is up to the individual to monitor themselves during exercise, claiming the biggest mistake people make when working out in this heat is not listening to their bodies.
“If you feel dizzy, or thirsty, or nauseous, you have to take a break,” he said.
And who doesn’t love a quick, or extended, water break during a work out?
So whenever you lace up those trail runners, put on that matching outfit to impress passing cars, or round up the old crew for a pick-up game, make sure you take the necessary precautions to keep yourself safe throughout the summer.
To learn more about crossfit, or how to become a member at “Whip It Crossfit” gym, visit www.whipitcrossfit.com.