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5 Myths About Exercising in the Summer Heat

exercising in summer heatAs the temperatures rise, you might be wondering how the heat and humidity can affect your workouts. While we have all heard plenty of myths related to working out in the scorching sun, the Marc Pro team separates the myths from the facts. Read on to make sure you are getting the most out of your workouts, and staying safe in the heat.

Myth #1: You need a sports drink after every workout

It may be hot out, but that does not mean that you need to load up on sugar after your workout. If you are working out for less than an hour, water will do the trick. Sports drinks bring carbohydrates, electrolytes and fluids to the body during continuous aerobic activities, and aren’t always necessary for workouts under 60 minutes.

Myth #2: Exercising in hot temperatures is a disadvantage

While working out while the thermometer is creeping over 100 degrees is far less than the idea of ‘fun,’ heat can actually boost exercise performance. Studies have shown that those who train in hotter temperatures can actually acclimatize to heat better, and also function better in cooler temperatures as well. However, it is important to note that these studies were conducted with elite athletes, so make sure to consult with a physician before trying to conquer the heat.

Myth #3: Humidity does not have an impact on workouts

In humid weather, the body cannot cool itself as effectively since the air is saturated with moisture. As a result, a typically ‘easy’ workout might feel like a death march. You can use a heat and humidity calculator to adjust pacing requirements for workouts so you understand the different pace adjustments that must be made to account for weather conditions.

Myth #4: Any drink will rehydrate you post-workout

While you might feel like an ice-cold beer or a soda will deliver the necessary hydration that you need after a workout, all liquids are not created equal. When in doubt, the best drink that can quench your thirst most effectively is simply water. For longer workouts, an electrolyte drink is recommended.

Myth #5: Recovery is not a focus during the summer

During the summer, it can be more difficult to sleep due to the heat and fatigue that can build up throughout summer travels. As a result, recovery can be negatively impacted, especially if workouts are already more difficult under extreme weather conditions. Make sure to take time to master your recovery routine with proper stretching, naps, and using the Marc Pro regularly.

Hotter and more humid conditions in the summer do not mean that you cannot attain your workout and competition goals. You can take advantage of the conditions if you ensure that your recovery is maximized in the process as well. The entire Marc Pro team wishes you only the best of summers and summer training too!