We get it, working out makes you hot. And when it’s already a scorcher outside, you don’t really want to add more heat by building up a sweat. While Melbourne might be heading into cooler temperatures, other parts of the world are heating up. So whether you’re from far and wide, or plan to head there for a little holiday, what to do when you still want to move but without the heat stroke?
Swimming is an amazing workout. You get the heart rate pumping while keeping your joints and muscles really safe. By being submerged in water, you’re also staying cooler than you would be running or biking. Even though your body will build heat as your heart rate spikes, the water makes you feel cooler and calmer at the same time. Go for pools that aren’t heated if you really want to embrace the cold.
If you’re looking to cool your body down but still want to get rid of the cobwebs in the body, yin is the perfect option. This slow style of yoga, that sees you holding poses for about 3-5 minutes at a time, allows the body to calm and slow and the lack of movement actually cools you down rather than heats the body at all. You still get the benefits of moving and stretching without any added heat.
Stretching in the living room
Sometimes all you need is to move and stretch and get into all the kinks that build up from sitting and driving and whatever else you’re up to. But a vinyasa practice can certainly build a lot of heat. One of our favourite ways to move is to roll out our yoga mat in the living room and simply move. Do a few standing poses then get low to the ground and stretch it out a bit, then do something else. The change in pace will keep your body from getting too hot but you can still get the benefits of the poses.
Walks in the shade
Walking is another great form of exercise and if you find the right spot, can be a great alternative to more heating and intense workouts. Head to the coastline or the rainforest for shading and breezy walks.
If you’re the type of person who has a plan and wants to stick to it, take your regular workout inside. Whether it’s at a gym that has air-conditioning, or your bedroom with a fan, it can be better on the body away from the heat and elements.