BEAT THE HEAT
Don’t let a hot day ruin your race
Professor Andrew Edwards, from Plymouth Marjon University, Devon, is a specialist in exercising in the heat. He offers these five cool-down tips.
Pre-cooling can delay the time taken to overheat. Drink an ice slushy an hour before the event and drape cold towels over your shoulders and torso to stay cool without affecting your legs.
Wear as little as you can so as not to impede the sweat mechanism, and choose breathable, light-coloured fabrics.
Stay in the shade before the race. But make sure you do enough of a warm-up to promote good blood flow to your working muscles.
DON’T SWEAT IT
In dry heat, leaving sweat to evaporate cools the skin and the blood flowing underneath it. This blood then circulates, cooling the entire body. However, in humid conditions, when evaporation doesn’t occur, it’s best to wipe sweat off.
PLAY MIND GAMES
Trick yourself into feeling cool. A Canadian study found that self-talk directed at handling hot weather helped improve performance.