July 2nd, 2012
As I already noticed on Saturday, it’s hot. Oh, you noticed too? Well it was extra toasty in my neck of the woods on Sunday. Kevin and I got home from a wedding around midnight on Saturday, and we found out that our air conditioner was totally frozen. No AC for me.
I hit the gym at 11:30 Sunday morning, and the gym’s AC was out too. I took it easy on the elliptical, completing 30 minutes. I finished up with my beloved upper-body workout, which I will share later this week. I didn’t push it, but it still looked like I had jumped in a lake.
Soooo, yeah… it was quite warm in North Carolina. I’m going to the gym this morning for another dose of cardio machine torture training, so hopefully the AC’s fixed!
Speaking of workouts, here is the new plan for July. I know I mentioned the 30-day Ab Challenge, but I decided against it. I have very limited time M-Th, so I’ve had to significantly adjust accordingly.
- Monday: 30 min cardio in morning, hip strengthening at night
- Tuesday: abdominal work and/or yoga
- Wednesday: run and/or bodypump
- Thursday: abdominal work and/or yoga, hip strengthening at night
- Friday: my favorite upper-body workout, spin class, core
- Saturday: run, at-home lower-body workout, hip strengthening
- Saturday: 30-45 min elliptical or stair climb, my favorite upper-body workout
I know it looks like a lot, but Tuesday and Thursday are very light days. I just like to move a little before I sit at a desk all day!
- How was your weekend?
- How did you beat the heat?
June 30th, 2012
It’s hot outside. Have you noticed? Here in the Southeastern US, temps are above 100 degrees. I was smart enough to workout indoors yesterday (BTW, spin class rocked), but I went for a jog outside today. The temperature is expected to reach 104 or 105 this afternoon, so I got my run in while it was still only 80.
I recommend a post-run stretch… and then just laying around a while.
Sadly, I still got a cramp. Not fun! The stitch in my side definitely came from dehydration, and I was able to run through it. (I only ran two miles and walked one mile, so it’s not like I staggered on for ages in hobbled, cramped form.) Nevertheless, I should have been better prepared.
I also recommend yummy post-run refueling.
Sweat was pouring out of me in bucket form in spin class. Then I ran errands all day in and out of the heat. I was toasty. Last night, two girlfriends and I went out for sushi and wine. We were enjoying a couple patios, and we were hot. The patios were fun and packed, so we didn’t want to leave simply on account of the heat.
Sweating all day + soy sauce + wine = shoulda’ drank more water! Here are more tips for exercising in heat.
The ABC News article makes one good point. Aside from sunburn, dehydration, and other issues, “humid air doesn’t allow for sweat to evaporate from your skin and cool you off, so your internal core temperature rises even higher, putting you at risk for heat stroke.” The Mayo Clinic also has a good point by saying, “ Both the exercise itself and the air temperature increase your core body temperature. To help cool itself, your body sends more blood to circulate through your skin. This leaves less blood for your muscles, which in turn increases your heart rate.” Yikes!
Stay safe y’all!