Rage against the heat: Ways to stay fit this summer

As the city melts under the rising temperature, here's how to stay fit and keep your cool.
Updated on May 28, 2015 06:54 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

With the Met department recording temperatures that go beyond 45 degree celsius, many of us have already hit the panic button. But, warding off a heatstroke by being locked indoors is hardly the solution. What we need are quick solutions and fixes that can help keep ailments at bay amid the maddening heat. And, the best way to do this is by not compromising on your fitness.

During summers, schedule your exercise routine in the morning.

"You sweat more in summer as sweat is the natural cooling system of the body. When you sweat, the fluid evaporates from the skin's surface, carrying away excess body heat. When you sweat, you lose water weight, and in summer one has to be wary of dehydration, especially while exercising, Heat-related illnesses like exhaustion, heat cramps and stroke can be handled by adjusting the time of exercise - early morning or late evening if exercising outdoor," explains fitness expert Kiran Sawhney. Thus, sweat is your self-proclaimed BFF in summer. If you don't want the treadmill drill, opt for alternative routes to fitness.

"Morning yoga is a great way to start your day - 45 minutes a day works. Making small changes can also go a long way - take the stairs instead of the lift and opt for swimming, a great exercise, especially during hot days, apart from choosing zumba or pilates if not the gym drill," suggests fitness expert and nutritionist Tripti Tandon. Just keep a cool head to go with that cool body, and you'll be helming the heat.

Keep cool with these
Summer coolers come in the form of fruits and vegetables that are high on water content, and cutting out the caffeine also helps. Go for fresh mixed juice or tap into the goodness of watermelon, bael juice (stone apple) yoghurt and more. "Curd is also vital during summer. It's a cooling agent with antioxidants and is good for the stomach. Mix curd with boiled lauki (bottle gourd) or cucumber to make a soothing raita," says expert Tripti Tandon.

Wear light fabrics that doesn't stick to your body and consume food high on water content.

Keeping the sun out
You don't have to look like a girl on a secret mission, with almost your entire face wrapped in layers of fabric during your auto ride to work. Go for sunglasses that keep UVA and UVB rays out apart from slathering on some sunblock. This is also the time to take out your wide-brimmed summer hat or a fun wicker hat. Go for summer layering in lightweight fabrics that don't stick to your skin and that big-mouthed umbrella is of all importance!

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