12 August, 2010

All About Beating The Heat

Let's face it. We are in the dog days of summer and it is hot! One of the important things to remember about the heat is that it will affect your body, even if you are in a climate controlled environment all of the time. When we begin to see temperatures in the upper 80's and beyond, fluids are evaporating from your body at an elevated rate. This holds true even if you don't notice yourself sweating. The simple truth is that if you find yourself dehydrated, even a little, your performance will suffer. To help combat dehydration there are a couple of things you can do. First off, drink plenty of water. Water is the way that your body will stay hydrated the best. If you simply cannot drink plain water, try to stay away from drinks with high amounts of sugar. Second, limit your caffeine intake. Caffeine is a diuretic and will not help you stay hydrated. I'm not saying don't drink it, most of us definitely need our morning coffee to function, I'm just saying try not to drink the whole pot. Third, make sure you are getting some salt in your diet. This will help your body retain some of the water that you are drinking. Again, you cannot afford to go overboard here because there are consequences to too much salt as well. These three tips will help you balance out and stay hydrated so that you can knock a broad off her skates at will. Here is your workout for today!

10 min. warm up
20 min. Interval training (2 min. moderate fast jog, 2 min. full run)
3x 10 wood chops
3x 10 straight arm twists
4x 60 sec. planks
2x 25 bicycle crunches
5 min. cool down



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