What is the Optimal Temperature for Your Workout?
Posted on 27th May 2016 by FM Mechanical Ltd
Temperature plays an important role in exercise and can have a dramatic influence on the effectiveness of your workout. If you haven’t properly made allowances for hot or cold temperatures, you might end up suffering the effects. Here are some pointers on what temperatures make for comfortable workouts, and how you might combat against the dangers of working out when it’s too hot or too cold.
A moderate air temperature of around 21ºC is considered comfortable for many – preference varies from person to person, so this could be slightly lower or higher – set your air conditioner to hover close to this when exercising indoors. You can always adjust if it’s not to your liking.
Exercising in the heat
Working out in extreme temperatures can be dangerous, so you need to take precautions. Consider the type of clothing you’re planning to wear. If it’s hot, wear lightweight, flexible, breathable clothing that doesn’t trap heat or sweat. It will help keep you cool as your body temperature rises with the intensity of your workout.
Hot weather will mean faster loss of fluid, so dehydration can set in quickly, especially if you’re pushing yourself. Take in water regularly and apply sunscreen if in direct exposure to intense sunlight. Stop exercising if you start to feel dizzy or nauseous.
Exercising in the cold
Cold weather means accounting for changes in comfort levels as your body temperature rises, but also making sure that you’re not too cold to begin with. Your muscles will be stiff and more susceptible to injury and sprains, so a thorough warm-up is even more crucial than usual – think back to those vigorous warm-ups you had to endure before winter football matches in PE lessons at school.
It’s smart to dress in layers during cold weather exercise so you can add or remove clothing as and when you need. A thin, synthetic fabric like polypropylene makes for a good underlayer. Polypropylene draws moisture away from your body, forcing sweat through its fibres so it can evaporate on its surface. Wool or fleece makes for a good second layer, while the outermost layer should be something waterproof and breathable – nylon clothing works well here. Stay away from cotton, as it absorbs moisture and sticks to your skin.
Room and air temperature aren’t the only temperatures to consider. Your body temperature could decide the quality of your workout. Exercising when your body temperature is at its peak will produce an optimal workout. For most people this is in the late afternoon, as body temperature generally increases as the day progresses. The higher your body temperature, the more flexible your muscles, which means increased performance and decreased chance of injury.
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