Memorial Day, the unofficial start of Summer, is just around the corner.
Soon temperatures will be on the rise and your workout will be heating up, but that’s not necessarily just because you’re working harder. Believe it or not, the warmer weather impacts your workout more than you may realize.
Despite having worked out all Winter and Spring, you might find you’re having difficulty completing workouts or are feeling more drained after working out than usual.
Don’t worry worry – it’s perfectly normal.
This is a common condition called “acclimation”.
In simple terms, this just means that your body has not yet adapted to a change in climate. This can occur when the weather changes, you change your routine or you travel to a higher altitude. It can take your body anywhere from a few days to a week or so to adjust to the changes, especially when there are sudden extremes in temperatures, which happens often as we transition into Summer. If you are used to exercising outdoors, then as the weather changes your body will adapt.
A few things you can do to help your body adjust more quickly this time of year is to make sure you stay especially well hydrated. Try shortening your session by a few minutes or lessening the intensity of your routine for a few days. As soon as you feel your strength and endurance improve, go ahead and ramp things back into full swing.
In addition, avoid any alcohol, caffeine or dehydrating beverages. In fact, you may need a little extra salt in your diet in order to accommodate any additional perspiring that may occur while your body attempts to adjust to the sudden high temperatures. Perspiration is our body’s way of keeping cool, so more fluids may be needed in order to produce the additional perspiration needed to cool us down.
So, to sum things up, cut back on your routine a bit, drink healthy fluids and keep on keeping on…better health will follow and in no time you will be back up to speed!
Elizabeth Salada, MD
Dr. Salada is board certified in Internal Medicine and has been in practice in San Diego since 1996. She attended medical school at Wake Forest University where she received high honors in Family Practice and Internal Medicine. Her final training was obtained from Pennsylvania State University where she completed her residency in Internal Medicine. Visit Dr. Salada’s website for more information: http://elizabethsaladamd.com.