Team GB Olympian shares how to train and exercise in the heat

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As temperatures soar across the UK, many fitness enthusiasts are taking advantage of the sunny weather and engaging in outdoor workout routines. However, exercising in the heat can pose risks to one’s health if proper precautions are not taken.

In celebration of Global Running Day, Team GB Olympian Eilish McColgan has joined forces with Bionsen, the country’s number one aluminium-free deodorant, to share her expert advice on staying safe while training this summer.

Eilish McColgan, renowned Olympic athlete and brand ambassador for Bionsen, emphasized the importance of adequate preparation when exercising under the scorching sun. “We all want to enjoy the sunshine and reap the benefits of outdoor workouts, but it’s crucial to prioritize safety,” McColgan stated.

Drawing from her experience as a professional athlete who has competed in various climates worldwide, she warned against underestimating the risks of conditions such as dehydration, heat exhaustion, and sunstroke, even within the UK.

To mitigate these risks, McColgan offered five essential tips for summer exercise:

Avoid the hottest time of the day

Schedule workouts during the cooler hours, preferably in the early morning or late evening, to steer clear of peak temperatures between 11 am and 3 pm.

Choose appropriate clothing

Opt for light, breathable attire in pale colors such as white, as darker colors tend to absorb and retain heat. Wearing lightweight fabrics allows for better ventilation and aids in maintaining a cool body temperature. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen!

Stay hydrated

It may seem obvious, but it is crucial to drink water regularly during your workout. McColgan advises sipping water every 10 to 15 minutes, even before feeling thirsty. Sports drinks can be beneficial for longer or more intense workouts, replenishing both fluids and electrolytes.

Embrace sweat

Sweating is a natural mechanism that helps regulate body temperature in hot conditions. Embracing sweat is essential, and using a deodorant specifically designed for workouts, like Bionsen’s Mineral Active Aerosol Deodorant, can effectively target odor-causing bacteria while allowing for free perspiration.

Plan your workout

By keeping an eye on weather forecasts, you can schedule your exercise routine when temperatures are milder, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable workout experience.

Bionsen’s range of deodorants, including their popular aluminium-free options, offer additional benefits. Free from parabens, silicones, and colorants, these products are cruelty-free, dermatologically tested, and hypoallergenic, suitable for all skin types. With prices starting at just £2.69, Bionsen’s deodorant range is available at major retailers like Boots, Amazon, and directly through the company’s website.

Eilish McColgan’s expert tips, combined with the support of Bionsen’s innovative deodorant range, empower fitness enthusiasts to conquer the summer heat and continue their workout routines safely. By following these recommendations, you can exercise with confidence, maintaining optimal performance and well-being.

Andy Barr
the authorAndy Barr
Editorial Lead
Andy was late arriving into the world of fitness, running and training. He did not really take up regular gym going until he was in his late 30's. He lost over 7 stone in weight since starting and completed an olympic length triathlon in June 2018. He enjoys playing football, boxing and outdoor running.

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