Hitting streets when mercury is rising can be dangerous for our health. And for runners, the impact can be worse. The scorching sun may be deterring you from running the desired mileage, but certain measures may help you beat the heat. TOI Health brings a few tips that will help runners maintain their running regime despite tropical and humid conditions.
Running early in the morning, when the climate is the most serene, is the best thing to do. Morning workout boosts your mood and keeps you energetic throughout the day. If you are already a morning person, it’s a win-win situation and if you are not, then better become one.
Be it winter or summer, our body takes time to get adjusted to the climate. Initially, you might have to compromise with your targeted mileage but as your body adapts to the weather, increase your intensity and the distance to cover. However, stick to early morning schedule.
Don’t let your body stay dehydrated. Sun tends to dehydrate your body and keeping it water-starved is a bad idea. Runners have the tendency to drink water during or after their run. But staying well-hydrated before hitting the track is often neglected. Drink water before you start your run to keep your body mechanism cool throughout the session.
Wear sunscreen during every run. Needless to say, it protects against cancerous rays and minimises your chances of getting a sun tanned skin.
Running in a group or with a mate is more enjoyable and rewarding as compared to heading out on your own. With someone to accompany you, you get motivated to accomplish your fitness goals.
Wearing a hat during running is important as it protects you against the scorching sun. But covering your head too tightly with a hat or a bandana is never a good idea. Wear a loose cap or hat, which is made of a breathable material.
Get away from cluttered and chockablock areas. If you have an option, run near lakes and rivers. Being near water makes you feel cooler than running in fields and tracks.
Sometimes, our body becomes too sensitive to heat. Runners should be extra cautious as heat-related illness can be fatal. Look for warning signs like headache, vomiting, nausea or dizziness. If you experience any of these, discontinue your running regime and consult a health expert immediately.