Sweat It Out...then Replenish!
Summer is ending but the summer sun has no mercy. Sweating it out is great for releasing toxins and clearing your body of any unwanted bacteria, but once you do that, don’t forget the essential step of rejuvenating your body with plenty of fluids and electrolytes. Here are 3 ways to get your sweat on AND 3 to replace the liquids lost.
- Try Hot Yoga!
Most people have heard of it and instantly think of a stuffy room filled with strangers, but I have a twist for you. The sun is beating down anyway so why not take advantage of it? It’s as easy as getting some friends or family together and looking up a yoga video on YouTube. There are easy ones for beginners or you can try your luck with a higher difficulty level and make it into a workout.
- Go for a walk or a bike ride.
The summer sun coupled with some cardio will get you sweating in no time! Besides getting some exercise in, these are great ways to explore the natural world around you. You could try a new bike path or simply explore nearby neighborhoods!
- Give Tabata a Shot!
Tabata is a workout style that is based on a 20-10 model: 20 seconds on and 10 seconds rest. This means pushing yourself as hard as you can for 20 and rest for 10. The best part of these workouts is that they can be really fun! Lots of creators offer videos that include dancing into your routine. So bust a move and get your sweat on!
Now that you’ve sweat it out, it’s time to replenish and rehydrate. Your body will thank you for it. Dehydration is one of the most common causes of heat exhaustion and it can cause headaches very easily. So how can you keep your body happy even after working hard?
- Drink those electrolytes!
What are electrolytes? Everyone talks about them being great after working out, but what do they really do? Electrolytes are minerals that help your body to absorb fluids. The common issue is that a lot of mainstream sports drinks have too much sugar and too few electrolytes. If properly replenished, they can help you to rehydrate your body quicker. I’d recommend coconut water or fruit juices like watermelon juice to fully replenish your electrolytes.
- Or Eat Them
An easy fix is to make a smoothie after exercising. It’s a great way to get some potassium, healthy sugars, and you can even add some protein by adding peanut butter or protein powder.
- Be patient
While normal exercise should only take a few hours to recoup from, full rehydration can take up to 36 hours if you are really depleted.
No matter what type of exercise you opt for be sure you are taking care of yourself so that you can enjoy all of your favorite activities with those you care about!