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The Pros and Cons of Working Out in the Summer Heat

As summer heat intensifies, a lot of fitness devotees are thinking about training outside. It’s crucial to assess the benefits and drawbacks of exercising in the summer heat, despite how alluring the warm weather and longer days may appear. 

Pros of Working Out in the Summer Heat

  1. Increased Calorie Burn:
    • Exercise in hot temperatures can increase calorie expenditure and speed up metabolism.
    • Exercise requires more energy because the body expends more energy trying to cool itself down.
  2. Enhanced Cardiovascular Endurance:
    • Your cardiovascular system is put to the test while you are exercising in the heat, which increases your endurance and can help you build stamina and perform better in other climates.
  3. Vitamin D Exposure:
    • When you exercise outside, you are exposed to the sun, which helps your body produce vitamin D, which is crucial for strong bones, and a healthy immune system.
  4. Mental Health Benefits:
    • The benefits of physical exertion in the sunlight and fresh air can result in a better mood, decreased stress levels, and a greater sense of well-being.

Cons of Working Out in the Summer Heat

  1. Risk of Dehydration:
    • Due to considerable sweating, exercising in hot weather raises the risk of dehydration.
    • Dehydration can cause weariness, cramping in the muscles, lightheadedness, and even heat-related disorders including heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
  2. Decreased Performance:
    • Reduced muscle endurance results from increased body temperature (hyperthermia), which affects the muscle’s capacity to contract repeatedly or continuously for extended periods of time.
  3. Limited Workout Time Frames:
    • Exercise in the heat with particular caution if you’re unfit or a beginner. It’s possible that your body can’t handle the heat as well. Reduce the intensity of your workouts and take frequent rests.
    • The only options might be to exercise in the early morning or late at night, which might not work for everyone’s schedule.

While exercising in the summer heat can have certain benefits, it’s important to think about the possible risks of exercising in such high temperatures. Your body is put under more strain when you exercise in the heat. 

If you decide to work out outside in the heat, take the required safety precautions including drinking plenty of water, dressing appropriately, applying sunscreen, checking the outside air quality, and paying attention to your body. Always remember to create a balance between prioritizing your health and enjoying the advantages of outdoor exercise.