Beat The Heat: Staying Energized with EWOT in Summer Workouts

Brad Pitzele

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30-04-2024

Summer is here, and while it's a great time for fitness enthusiasts to go outdoors and exercise, the heat can quickly zap your energy and lead to overexertion.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), extreme heat events are rising in the United States, with temperatures reaching dangerous levels.

You might be thinking, what do you do in such a situation?

Well, you don’t have to worry anymore!

This guide will be your lifeline to staying cool, energized, and on track with your summer workouts.

We'll delve into the science behind why hot weather increases overexertion risk. Also, we will equip you with practical workout strategies and provide essential diet and hydration tips tailored explicitly for summer.

So, ditch the overheating and embrace a summer of safe and effective exercise!

Why Summer Workouts Demand Extra Care?

Summer's scorching temperatures can quickly turn your workout from invigorating to dangerous. Here's a breakdown of the two key challenges you face when exercising in hot weather:

Heat Stress

  • Our Body's Balancing Act: During exercise, our bodies generate heat that needs to be dissipated to maintain a core temperature of around 98.6°F.  This process, called thermoregulation, involves sweating, increased blood flow to the skin, and even breathing adjustments.
  • Heat Overload in Summer: In hot environments, thermoregulation becomes more demanding. Increased sweating leads to fluid loss, while hot external temperatures make it harder for the body to release heat. This can lead to a condition called heat stress, characterized by:
      1. Increased heart rate and cardiac strain.
      2. Difficulty breathing.
      3. Muscle cramps and fatigue.
      4. Dizziness and nausea.
      5. In severe cases, heatstroke is a life-threatening condition.

    Dehydration Risk

  • Sweat: A Double-Edged Sword: Sweating is essential for cooling down, but it also depletes your body fluids and electrolytes (salts) crucial for various functions, including muscle contractions and nerve impulses.
  • Performance Decline: Even mild dehydration (around 2% of body weight loss) can significantly impair exercise performance. Studies show decreased endurance, reduced strength, and diminished cognitive function.
  • Increased Injury Risk: Dehydration can also affect muscle function and coordination, raising the risk of heat-related injuries like cramps and strains.
  • How Can The EWOT Reservoir Kit Help?

    While summer heat presents challenges, the EWOT Reservoir Kit can be a valuable tool to mitigate some of these issues and potentially enhance your summer workout experience. Here's how:

    Reduced Perceived Exertion

    1. Increased Oxygen Availability: The core principle of EWOT is providing supplemental oxygen during exercise. This enriched oxygen environment allows your muscles to extract more oxygen from your blood, potentially improving efficiency.
    2. Lower Perceived Exertion: Studies suggest that EWOT can reduce perceived exertion during exercise. This means you might feel less exertion at a given workout intensity, allowing you to train harder for longer in the summer heat without feeling tired.
    3. Mechanism: The exact mechanisms behind reduced perceived exertion with EWOT are still being explored, but some theories suggest:
    • Improved muscle oxygenation leads to reduced fatigue.
    • Enhanced mitochondrial function, the powerhouses of your cells, potentially increasing energy production.
    • Reduced reliance on anaerobic energy production (processes that don't use oxygen) can cause muscles to fill with lactic acid and burn and fatigue.

    The EWOT Reservoir Kit can help you maintain your workout intensity even in hot weather by reducing perceived exertion. This allows you to continue challenging yourself and achieve your fitness goals despite the summer heat.

    Faster Recovery

    1. Enhanced Tissue Repair:  EWOT might promote faster recovery after exercise, potentially by reducing muscle damage and inflammation.
    2. Improved Blood Flow: Increased oxygen availability can enhance blood flow, which is crucial for delivering nutrients to muscles and removing waste products like lactic acid, contributing to post-workout soreness.

    Faster recovery can be particularly beneficial in summer. With potentially shorter rest periods needed between workouts due to reduced perceived exertion, more rapid recovery can help you maintain your training frequency and consistency throughout the hot season.

    Practical Tips To Beat Summer Heat!

    Along with getting an EWOT oxygen concentrator, you must follow these excellent tips. Here's a breakdown of practical strategies to stay cool and energized and maximize your EWOT workouts during the warmer months:

    Staying Cool and Energized with Workout Strategies

    1. Schedule Smart: Avoid peak heat hours between 10 am and 4 pm. Opt for early mornings (before sunrise) or evenings when temperatures are more relaxed. This allows your body to regulate its temperature more efficiently.
    2. Hydrate Abundantly: Dehydration is a significant risk factor in summer workouts. Aim to drink plenty of water throughout the day, even before feeling thirsty. Consuming 2-3 cups (473-710ml) 2-3 hours before your workout and at least 7-8 ounces (207-237ml) every 15-20 minutes during exercise is suggested. Consider using a hydration tracking app to monitor your fluid intake.
    3. Seek Cooler Environments: Gyms with air conditioning, shaded outdoor areas, or even pool exercise can be great options to beat the heat. Exercising in a more relaxed environment provides a built-in cooling effect and reduces the strain on your body's thermoregulation system.
    4. Adjust Intensity: During hot weather, listening to your body and adjusting your workout intensity or duration is wise. Reduce the intensity of your sessions or shorten the duration to avoid overheating. Remember, consistency is key! You can maintain training frequency by opting for slightly shorter, more frequent workouts.
    5. Wear Breathable Clothing: Choose loose-fitting, lightweight clothing from moisture-wicking fabrics like polyester or merino wool. These fabrics allow sweat to evaporate from your skin, keeping you more relaxed and more comfortable.
    6. Monitor Your Body: Pay close attention to your body's signals during workouts. Signs of overheating include dizziness, nausea, excessive fatigue, muscle cramps, and headaches. Stop exercising and cool down immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.

    Diet and Hydration Tips for Summer EWOT

    • Electrolyte Replenishment: Sweating depletes electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and magnesium, which are crucial for muscle function and nerve impulses. Consider electrolyte-rich drinks or consult a healthcare professional about supplements to replenish lost electrolytes, especially during more prolonged or intense workouts.
    • Focus on Fruits and Vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are naturally high in water content and provide essential vitamins and minerals that support hydration and overall health. Opt for watermelons, cucumbers, leafy greens, and berries to stay hydrated and fueled.
    • Reduce Heavy Meals: Digesting heavy meals can increase your core temperature. Opt for lighter, easily digestible snacks before and after your workout. Consider fruits, yogurt, or whole-wheat toast with nut butter.
    • Post-Workout Refueling: After your workout, replenish lost fluids and electrolytes with water, sports drinks, or smoothies. Consider adding protein to your post-workout meal to aid muscle recovery.

    Science Behind the Tips

    Implementing these practical tips and being mindful of hydration and cooling strategies can ensure safe and effective EWOT workouts throughout the summer.

    Conclusion!

    Don’t let summer's heat disrupt your fitness routine. By implementing these practical strategies, you can keep your workouts cool, safe, and effective.

    Equip yourself with the EWOT Reservoir Kit from One Thousand Roads and experience the potential benefits of EWOT, like reduced perceived exertion and faster recovery, to help you conquer your summer fitness goals.

    So, stay hydrated, stay calm, and get ready to energize your workouts all summer long!

    Author Bio

    Brad Pitzele

    We wanted to make the high-quality, affordable EWOT systems to help people like myself, suffering through chronic illnesses, to regain their health and their quality of life.

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