Summer in Bondi is hot, but life in Singapore is intensely hot and humid. It’s hard to describe the torrid heat. It embraces every fibre of your body every time you step out of an air conditioned environment. Clothing is an issue, make-up is an issue, and fitness is seemingly unfathomable.
But in the morning, and in the afternoon you can see hundreds of joggers and cyclists along the Singapore river and the gardens, all getting amongst it in the pursuit of fitness.
There are some serious athletes who swear working out in these kind of conditions makes them quicker in the long term, as their body has to work twice as hard.
Here are our tips to prevent over-heating:
Stay hydrated – drink before, during and after exercise – and continue to hydrate throughout the day and night, and watch your alcohol consumption as that can also dehydrate you.
Keep cool – ice cubes in your sports bra and your mouth work wonders.
Cold showers – Take a cold shower before (and after) you work out.
Work out at the coolest times of the day – early morning or late at night. If you must work out during the day, do it inside.
Don’t be afraid of rain – Rain can be exhilarating, and can bring the humidity and heat down, so it can be a good time to step out and work out.
Wear the right clothing – Wear light-clouded clothing that’s not too tight and try clothing made of wicking fabric that absorbs moisture.
Don’t push it. Your body works over time in humid weather, it’s already being pushed by the environment, so don’t push it even harder.
Don’t expect the same results. If you are monitoring your performance, it makes sense that your body wont perform as well during humid weather – that’s normal, again, don’t push. Remember there are athletes who actually train in humid weather to improve their performance when the heat comes down.
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