Don’t Let the HEAT Stop You from Training….Train Indoors!!
Heatwaves! When it is hot and humid, the air quality outdoors is usually at its worst. While the temperature and humidity are high outside, it’s a good idea to stay in and train in a facility that has filtered air conditioning. Another reason to train indoors when it’s hot out is our bodies’ own natural cooling system. Sweating is supposed to cool our bodies. However, when it’s hot and humid outside, this doesn’t allow our perspiration to evaporate and cool down our bodies. As a result, this can lead to lower performance levels, less work output, and dehydration and heat illness.
While training outdoors has many benefits, sometimes you can’t get a consistent workout due to outdoor terrain, traffic, or weather. Training indoors allows you to plan a workout regimen and go! With fewer things to be concerned about, this can allow you to gauge how your current level of fitness is going.
Safety is another reason to train indoors. If you have any limitations or contraindications, your facility should have a trained staff in first aid and CPR and have an AED(automated external defibrillator), oxygen, first aid kit, and quick access to emergency help.
Training indoors can allow for a wide variety of workouts, from group exercise to cardio and strength training to swimming and yoga. This allows you to vary your workouts and keep you from getting bored during the long summer months.
– Guy C., Fitness Director and Martial Arts School Director at Dedham Health & Athletic Complex