Step Into Life Mackay trainer Debbie Joynson (centre) and (from left) Louise Veitch, Sam Shepherd, Susan O’Connell and Whitney Wapley keep their cool while exercising in Mackay’s summer heat.
Step Into Life Mackay trainer Debbie Joynson (centre) and (from left) Louise Veitch, Sam Shepherd, Susan O’Connell and Whitney Wapley keep their cool while exercising in Mackay’s summer heat. Peter Holt

Hot weather shouldn't prevent hard work

DON'T let Mackay's scorching summer prevent you from getting a hot and healthy body.

In the last week, apparent temperatures have reached the 40-degree mark.

It might not seem like ideal workout conditions, but Step Into Life Mackay trainer Debbie Joynson said there was never an excuse not to train.

"If you live here, you just have to get used to it," Ms Joynson said.

The trainer alters the times of her outdoor exercise classes in a bid to beat the heat during summer.

 

That's her first tip - set your alarm clock earlier to get moving sooner in the day.

 

However, the heat can't always be avoided, so her second piece of advice is to switch to body weight exercises.

"I do some mum sessions at 9.15am," she said.

"It can be hot then, but I alter the classes to have less cardio. We do more toning work.

"That's all your body weight exercises like sit-ups, push-ups, crunches, lunges and squats."

Her third tip is to stay hydrated: "Drink plenty of water the day before your exercise day," Ms Joynson said.

"If you are feeling really thirsty after (working out), you are already dehydrated," she said.

Do you still exercise when it's hot out?

This poll ended on 25 February 2015.

Current Results

Yes

81%

No

18%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


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