Summer Physical Training Guide
"As we exit our Great British summer we all know that September can be surprisingly summer'ish! So it's never too late to take onboard some last minute summer training advice". #ChasingFitness
While a lot of people train to look good during the summer, once this season finally arrives, your work should not end. Preparing for revealing clothing takes time, and starting in spring won’t get you in shape by the summer. On the other hand, even if you have the perfect body for the beach, you need to think about the next year and the one that comes after it. Still, seeing how the temperatures are hotter, the rules of the game change and you need to know how to train during the great heats.
1. Summer Training Schedule
As we have already mentioned, one of the greatest inconveniences about training during the summer are the temperatures. However, this is not the only problem you’ll face. Exercises that require you to go outside can expose you to the harmful influence of sun rays through ultraviolet radiation. Sure, while you’re in an air conditioned gym, this doesn’t make that much of an issue, but if you are a passionate runner, you might want to try and schedule your trainings. The safest course of action would be to run early in the morning or at dusk. This way, you can also enjoy the beautiful view while pursuing your ideal physical form.
2. Hydration is Key
The next thing you need to look out for is the hydration. Namely, as you train, you lose a lot of your bodily fluids and these fluids need to be replenished. Now, while some suggest energy drinks as an in-training alertness enhancer, the safest course of action is to drink fresh water. Energy drinks contain caffeine and sugar which can additionally dehydrate your body, which is not something you need while running through the blazing inferno. No matter what kind of exercise you are currently at, it’s imperative that you bring a bottle of water in your belt, pouch or backpack.
3. Proper Diet
Training properly is always exhausting and all the energy you burn needs to be replenished through your diet. One of the first things you need to do is eat fresh and light. This means that, for breakfast, you might want to go for fruit yogurt and a nutrition bar or cereal with fruit, while for lunch you could choose either a turkey sandwich or sushi to go. The greatest difference in this diet is that, although it has high nutritional value, it’s sometimes not enough to get you all the way. In this case, you might want to try going with supplementation, but in this particular case, caution is advised. In order to be completely safe, always go for smoothies with organic rice protein powder, rather than synthetic ones.
4. Mind the Intensity
Even during the summer, you should definitely carry on with the same frequency of trainings. However, the intensity and the volume of your training are something you need to look out for. The key to an effective physical exercise is to constantly move your boundaries of possibility. This means that each next training you run a bit more than the last one and add just a little more on your weight bar. Unfortunately, during the summer, this is not advised. Just maintaining your strength levels in this period will be a major victory.
Human body is a curious thing, since it responds to both external and internal circumstances. While you may observe the fitness of your body, the tone of your muscles and your overall strength as an independent variable, this really isn’t the case. The only way to keep up with your athletic efforts even during the most extreme parts of the year is through the knowledge of how to adapt. Even though it may seem like a lot of effort, the end result is always more than worth it.
About this guest writer;
Peter Minkoff is a health and fitness writer at Ripped.me & The Beard Mag from Brisbane! Beside writing he's a total running and fitness devotee! A firm believer in healthy diet, natural smoothies and energy healthy drinks for overall health benefits!
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