June - Monthly Coaching tip from 605 Running Company
Train Hard, Train Smart!
Prepping for a race, or staying on your grind - training in the summer doesn’t have to be miserable! Stay hydrated, plan your workout, pace yourself, wear the right gear, and summer enjoy summer training.
Overworking yourself during hot summer months can cause heat related illnesses and injuries that can take a serious toll on your body. Train hard, but train smart! Hot weather raises the body’s core temperature, which can quickly make you feel like you’re hitting a brick wall. High levels of humidity prevent sweat from evaporating, and without this cooling mechanism, you’ll be in for a very, very hot workout.
Five Tips to help you Beat Heat & Humidity
1. Stay hydrated.
Drinking plenty of fluids and staying hydrated will not only prevent dehydration, but it will also help prevent muscle cramps and other heat related illnesses (like heat stroke or heat exhaustion).
2. Avoid peak sun.
Peak sun is when temperatures reach an all time high. It’s best to avoid training at this time to prevent heat related illnesses. Best training time is early in the morning or in the evening
3. Warm up.
Warming up is important no matter what kind of physically exercise you’re doing. Before you start, take a few minutes and loosen up your muscles with a good stretch. Your muscles will thank you later.
4. Pace yourself.
Don’t push yourself too hard or overexert yourself, especially in the summer heat. Start off slow and increase gradually.
5. Dress in appropriate gear.
Lightweight, loose-fitting clothes in light colors will help keep you from overheating in the summer sun. In fact, clothes made out of moisture-wicking fabrics are even better!
About Coach Benson
Benson is a RRCA Certified Running Coach. Benson is also Private coach and the assistant manager at the 605 Running Company. He is a competitive runner representing Skechers Performance and 605 Running Company.