Don't abandon your fitness goals just because it's too hot to train - adjust your regime to beat the heat. No sweat!
OK, so maybe you don't feel like running a 10K at lunchtime when the temperature's pushing 30degC, but there are ways to keep your training on track.
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1. Exercise early:
Get up and out there before the sun starts to beat down. An early morning training sesh leaves time to chill out for the rest of the day - boosting your metabolism early on means you can enjoy a guilt-free ice lolly in the afternoon too.
TRY: one of our 5-minute morning workouts
Hot weather training tip: pop your trainers in the fridge for a couple of hours before heading out for a run. Refreshing!
2. Get out on the trampoline:
Elbow the kids aside and commandeer the trampoline for a Bounce Attack workout: 10 minutes is the fitness equivalent of running a mile. But you're always in reach of the fridge for a cool-down drink: perfect!
TRY: the trampoline workout
Hot weather training tip: if you're doing long-distance training in the heat, freeze your energy gels. They'll help keep you cool when tucked into a pocket, plus they'll be more palatable.
3. Brush down your bike:
Who wants to be running along a hot road when the mercury's rising? Avoid feeling the sun beat down on your back and ride the breeze with a spin on your bike. You can blast off the maximum number of calories by incorporating hills in your cycle ride.
TRY: join a cycling group in your area to pique your interest
Hot weather training tip: Don't be tempted to jump straight in an icy shower straight after your workout - start off with tepid water before taking down the temperature to avoid cramp.
4. Go for a swim:
Head to the local swimming pool to cool off, but make sure you push it to get maximum fitness advantage from your dip. Even better, try open water swimming. But play safe - swimming deaths always increase as soon as the weather improves. Make sure you choose a safe spot to swim and never go wild swimming on your own.
TRY: 10 ways to crack open water swimming - and stay safe while you're in the water
Hot weather training tip: on a really scorching day, stick a towel in the fridge then wrap yourself in it after drying off from the shower - it'll help control the sweats.
5. Head for the gym:
Not all gyms require you to sign up for an annual contract: a couple of months' membership should see you through the hottest days of summer. Look for high intensity classes to get you in shape in the quickest time possible, and use the opportunity to get some tailored fitness advice as well as try out classes you've never considered before.
TRY: our 20-minute summer success full body workouts
Hot weather training tip: embrace the heat! Training in hot weather can improve your performance and make workouts feel easier once the temperature falls again. Find out more
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