It's summertime... Time for excessive sweat!
Do you love exercising but keep wondering why at certain times of the year it makes you feel fatigued? You may also be asking yourself why some places make you feel more comfortable than others. To make the most out of your summer workout, you can begin by understanding why this happens. Then, you can make some changes.
You'll find ways to:
- Reduce fatigue.
- Reduce the risk of muscle cramps, sunstroke, and heat exhaustion.
- Feel fresh.
- Breathe easier.
- Prevent allergies and respiratory infections.
Ready? Let's begin!
Why do I sweat more during Summer Days?
During warm months, you get more visits from your friend Sweat: that's ok, don't feel ashamed. Love him because he's showing up for your own sake. But his company will be better when he makes short visits and rapidly evaporates.
Do you know why he comes around? His job is to release your body's heat and to bring you back to your regular temperature. So he's got more work during summertime.
The second part of his job is to evaporate quickly. If he doesn't, it will be a failed mission. You won't be able to cool down. Like Sport Tracks says: "The wetness of sweat is not what makes you cool. Cooling happens when your sweat evaporates off of your skin."
Unfortunately, he's found some enemies at work. The name of the biggest one is Humidity. When she's around she'll do everything she can to prevent Sweat from reaching the air. This will make temperature seem way higher than it really is. Why? Because Sweat won't be able to cool you down efficiently anymore.
The perceived temperature will vary depending on temperature and humidity levels. You can take a look at this table to understand:
Table 1- Apparent Temperature: Relative Humidity vs. Temperature
What happens if I exercise under these conditions?
- CAUTION: Possible Fatigue with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity.
- EXTREME CAUTION: Sunstroke, Heat Cramps and Heat Exhaustion possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity.
- DANGER: Sunstroke, Heat Cramps and Heat Exhaustion likely with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity.
- EXTREME DANGER: Heat/sunstroke likely with continued exposure.
So, you may wanna consider helping your friend Sweat beat Humidity.
What can I do if my workout is outdoors?
You can't change the environmental conditions when you're exercising outdoors. But you can follow these recommendations from Mayo Clinic:
And if I exercise in a fitness studio or in my home gym, will the AC resolve my issues?
If you exercise in a closed space, an AC may help you reduce temperature and some of the risks mentioned above. But you still need to watch out for relative indoor humidity. When its levels are above 55% it may affect your health and your quality of life too. (You can read about the 10 Reasons why Humidity may be Affecting your Quality of Life.)
With high relative humidity, it will be easier for dust mites and mold spores to spread around. This can increase your chances of getting allergies, respiratory problems, or even asthma. So exercise alone isn't going to keep you stay healthy if this is going on. We strongly recommend the use of a dehumidifier to solve this. While your friend Sweat regulates body temperature, our friend Dehumidifier regulates humidity. That's why Sweat and Dehumidifier are such great friends!
For other tips on how to lower down those humidity levels, you can read this post: 9 Ways to Fight Humidity And if you've seen black mold and mildew around, you may want to learn the 6 Steps to Winning the Battle Against Mold.
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