Warm ups before exercise or racing are well known, and are implemented to warm up your muscles, heart rate, flexibility, etc. But should we warm up before a workout or race during a heat wave?
Well, a warm up may actually hinder your performance during a heat wave.
So what should we do?
Try a precool.
What is a precool? A precool is a way to cool your internal body temperature. And you can precool using various methods such as ice vest, ice bath, iced towels on your head, neck, armpits or groin.
Why Precool? Multiple studies indicate your mitochondria is negatively impacted at higher temperatures which will effect your muscle performance. Therefore, starting your exercise or race at a lower internal body temperature will allow your muscles perform better for a longer period of time. Multiple studies have shown precooling to enhance performance by 10-20% when compared with groups who did not try a precool.
Pretty cool…he he.
As always take this heat wave we are currently experiencing seriously. Work out in the morning before the heat hits. Get in the shade. Hydrate properly, use sunblock and wear proper clothing.
And remember, even if your workouts aren’t as effective in terms of muscle development, exercise is awesome for a ton of other reasons—it relieves stress, gives you an energy boost, and burns calories. Take it indoors where the AC is cranking, and you’ll score all these benefits and more.
So no excuses. Try a precool. You may really like it.