High temperatures are undoubtedly one of the drawbacks when performing any type of sporting activity in summer, including those we do at home.
However, preparing for your training session correctly can help you deal with these summer conditions. That’s why today we’re going to give you some tips to get the most out of your training session on the smart trainer, without worrying about high temperatures.
Five tips for dealing with high temperatures on the smart trainer
1. Choose a cool and pleasant place in the house
Try to place your smart trainer in an area of the house that stays cool throughout the day. Choose the room where you will hardly feel the intense heat outside.
If, for example, your house has a cellar or basement, this is an ideal place to place your smart trainer and do sport. These areas of the house stay cool all year round, as they hardly get any sun.
In general, the living room is another area that withstands high temperatures quite well. This is because it is usually the largest room in the house and takes much longer to heat up than the rest of the house.
If you have a terrace, even a small one, you have the option of training there with your smart trainer as long as you do it in the less hot hours of the day. Ideally, you should do it either in the early morning or late afternoon.
2. Hydrate constantly
Hydration is a basic aspect when doing sports, regardless of the time of year. However, during summer this requires even more attention. It is important to keep yourself hydrated on a regular basis.
At BKOOL, we have talked on more than one occasion about the importance of hydration and the different types of drinks that we can have before, during and after training.
It is important that you should not only drink when you are thirsty. Ideally, you should drink a good sip of water every 15-20 minutes and drink between 500-750 ml in each session.
You can combine different drinks such as water or isotonic drinks, as well as having a fruit or vegetable smoothie after training.
3. Reduce the intensity of your workouts
High temperatures cause the body to tire earlier than normal, resulting in symptoms of fatigue and lack of oxygen. For this reason, it is recommended that under these conditions you reduce the intensity of your workout or the time it lasts.
Lowering the pace of training will allow you to finish the session without being excessively tired, being able to perform throughout the week at 100%.
4. Use a fan or air conditioner
If you have one of these devices, use it. They will help to keep your room cool over a longer period of time and you will not feel the heat during exercise.
However, do not blow the air too hard, as most colds that appear in summer are due to the excessive intensity with which air conditioners and fans are set.
5. Choose your sportswear wisely
It is important to choose carefully the clothes that you will wear whilst training. The purpose of sports jerseys and cycling overalls, among others, is to absorb sweat.
This type of clothing is made of hydrophobic fabrics which keep moisture away from the skin.
Therefore, try not to wear just any cotton T-shirt, as these are not prepared for sweat absorption, and not only will you feel hotter, but your skin will become irritated.
Plan your weekly training routine according to the temperatures which are forecast, taking into account the heat you will have to face. Follow these tips and stay hydrated both on and off the smart trainer and get on with your BKOOL training without the high temperatures being a major inconvenience!