How to Work Out In the Heat

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What foods to eat and stay away from

It is important to fuel your body correctly when taking advantage of warm weather workouts. Along with staying hydrated by drinking the correct amount and kinds of fluids, there are also certain foods to add to your diet, and others to avoid, to keep your body working at peak performance levels.

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Do eat:

1. Fruits and veggies

These foods have a high water content, which will help you stay hydrated while sweating. Watermelon, cucumbers, kale and broccoli are great examples. Fruit smoothies are a delicious way to hydrate the body and satisfy your sweet tooth!

2. Salty foods

We lose salt when we sweating. Eating salty foods (in moderation) will replenish sodium lost during this process. Pickles and olives are good choices for athletes.

3. Summer Soups

These tend to be cool which will bring down your body temperature. Look for soups with celery, avocado and kale, which will have high levels of vitamins to boost your energy level.

Don’t eat:

1. Spicy foods

These foods will tend to increase your body’s core temperature.

2. Foods with diuretic characteristics

Some foods will leave you feeling parched, just as caffeinated beverages do. Limit your intake of natural diuretic foods such as asparagus, artichokes and fennel.

Follow these tips and you should be on your way to many successful high temperature outdoor workouts. Happy sweating!

Kira Stokes is a celebrity trainer, fitness expert and the creator of The Stoked Method and Stoked Series of classes.

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