I’ve used plenty of excuses to skip a workout: I’ve had a long day at work; I’m too sore from yesterday’s HIIT circuit; I have amarathon I need to catch. And with summertime in full swing, you better believe I’ve been ducking out of some of my workouts because of the sweltering heat. Seriously, sometimes it’s like my sweat is sweating.( Is that a thing ?)
I know it seems like a ridiculous excuse, but my body merely feels too sluggish at times to make it through a productive sweat sesh when it’s humid AF outside.
But good ol’ science is here to back me up. Research from the University of Nebraska at Omaha indicates exercising in the summer heat may minimise research results you want from your workout.
In their study, the researchers examinedexercise’s impact on the participants’mitochondria( which are responsible for creating the majority of members of the energy this is necessary) in order to ensure how high temperature outside are related to your fitness results.
Basically, the mitochondria in your body scarcely undergo any changes when you work out in high temperatures.
The researchers detected these findings after looking attissue samples taken from 36 participants both before and after they exercisedin hot and cold environments.
According to Dustin Silvka, examine author and exert physiology laboratory director at the University of Nebraska, these results basically demonstrate the response[ in hot is] about the same as if no exercising had occurred.
Well damn, what’s the point then ?!
But don’t go cancelling all your summertime workout schemes just yet.
First of all, as the researchers noted to Huffington Post, their findings were only based on a single workout, and future efforts aim to observe how people’s muscles answer after a few weeks of training in those humid temperatures.
Plus, just because working out in the summer heat may not necessarily yield the results you want, it doesn’t mean you should trench all your fitness objectives until the cold weather returns.
Otherstudies have suggestedworking out incooler surroundings can promise a multitude of benefits and enhance your overall advance meaning you’re probably better off sweating it out inside with an arctic AC blast hitting you anyway.
Of course, the options for indoor workouts are practically endless you can go to a local gym, yoga studio, look for a SoulCycle class near you, or only lay out a mat in your living room and crush an ab circuit or two.
Bottom line: When it feels like the Sahara outside, take it as your cue to spice things up and try something new in your fitness routine, like a class you’ve always thought about looking into, but never have.