Powering through a tough workout, you’re nearing the end. And then it hits: a sharp, stabbing sensation in a muscle that halts you in your steps, maybe even causing you to double over in pain. Cramps are a nightmare—but they’re common, especially during exercise. Is there anything you can do to keep them from coming on?
Q: From a Team-Marsh Facebook fan: I have a race coming up and am nervous already. What does your typical “race week” look like?
Brandon Marsh answers:
A: The week before a race is a concern for all triathletes, no matter the distance or level of competition. And my advice is the same for everyone: keep it simple and don’t change too much. The three main components to focus on are training, diet and equipment. Let’s go over these, one by one:
Training: It’s normal for athletes to worry about not having done enough or having done too much. The best thing to realize is “the hay is in the barn”. Read more →
Warmer weather means it’s time to get outside—for backyard barbecues, gardening, little league games, and, of course, exercise! Taking your cardio routine outdoors is a great change of pace from working out in a stuffy gym or your boring living room. But whether you’re biking, running or swimming, you have to be careful, especially in extreme heat and humidity.
It’s important to make sure you are well hydrated when exercising outdoors. Remember, the body loses not only water, but also electrolytes and salt, when you sweat. Watch for signs of dehydration, which may include nausea and lightheadedness. And make sure you slow down and take a break if the heat starts to get to you.
Here are a few more tips to keep you hydrated and safe when working out in the great outdoors:
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