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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

How Does Warmer Weather Affect Your Workout?

The winter coats are back in the closet, the sun is shining, and all the festivals are starting up. It's a great time to be outside! But how does this warmer weather affect your workout? Is it really the best time to head to yoga in the park or take a walk around Lady Bird Lake? The answer isn't as simple as you might think.

Colder weather is actually better for athletic performance. Without the heat, you can exercise harder, without the risk of heat exhaustion. And because your body doesn't sweat as much, you're less likely to be dehydrated. Of course once it gets too cold, no one wants to be outside.

The Not So Surprising Warm Weather Benefits

But there are benefits of warmer weather and exercise. You might not necessarily improve your workout, but you're more likely to go outside and actually work out! There's a real psychological connection between warmer weather, wanting to be outside, and having the motivation to exercise.

There are other benefits to warmer weather. During the spring, when temperatures are in the 70s, it takes less time for your muscles to warm up. Also, because the sun's ultraviolet light is stronger in the warmer moths, you can increase your vitamin D levels. This is important because without the right amount of vitamin D, bones can become think, brittle, or misshapen. But don't forget your sunscreen - it doesn't take long to get sunburned in our hot, Texas heat.

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