Focus on the Whole Team: Beat the Summer Heat

June 20th, 2017 | by Walt Whitfield
Focus on the Whole Team: Beat the Summer Heat
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Athletic departments understand that weather plays a significant part in the success of events. Precipitation, wind, and visibility contribute to reduced or improved crowd size. Weather similarly impacts indoor sports due to travel. But few present the physical harm to patrons as does temperature. With summer on its way, here are a few tips to beat the heat and still meet your health goals.   

Early Morning/Late Evening

College athletics has been described by some as the “front porch” of the university. If athletics is such, national television exposure plays a significant role. Unfortunately, television and conferences have put television ahead of the safety of many fans. Early season football games and late season baseball games at midday times make attending games unbearable for some. Fortunately, you have the option of picking the time you want to exercise. Exercising in the morning or evening helps you avoid the heat of the day. Choosing between the two is up to the individual.

Campus Indoor Facilities

In our article “Use Your Resources to Improve Your Workplace Wellness,” we spoke about the physical resources on campus. Indoor facilities like tracks, recreation centers, and weight rooms are plentiful on campus. When dealing with the heat of the summer, these facilities are key to your continued health development and safety. If facilities are available, use them. Indoor training isn’t enjoyed by everyone. But putting yourself at risk outdoors isn’t worth it.



Cool Clothes

The college sports scene has become more colorful in the past decade. Every university has created their take on an alternative jersey. Although most fans notice the colors, clothing function has evolved due to reactive fabrics. These materials react to body temperature and sweating. Moisture wicking clothing is one such innovation. A great way to beat the heat is to keep up with the latest technological clothing. The days of hot cotton shirts are gone. Upgrade your clothing whenever possible.

Listen to Your Body

Recently, my alma mater sent out a survey to question the fan base on in-game experiences, concessions, and general program feedback. They were listening to their body. The same goes for your body, especially before, during, or after exercise at high risk times like the summer. Listen to your body in terms of felling ill, sick, dehydrated, or injured. Older adults, infants, young children, and people with chronic conditions are more susceptible to heat illnesses. Also, out of shape people are vulnerable. Keep in mind that medications can decrease your ability to cope with heat. Listen and follow your body’s messages.

A healthy lifestyle comes with certain risks. Outdoor exercise is one of those risks. For your safety, take precautions. Exercising during the cooler times of day, using indoor facilities, wearing functional clothing, and listening to your body are great ways to decrease the hazards of the summer heat. 

Walt Whitfield About Walt Whitfield
Walter Whitfield is an employee wellness consultant and founder of Lavoro Workplace Wellness where he helps businesses improve their workplace through employee wellness strategies. He has worked with corporations like Chevron, BP, and Seadrill. Walter is a former college athlete for Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns where he competed in cross country and track, winning Sunbelt conference titles in the 3k Steeplechase and 5k. He is married, has 3 kids, and loves all things New Orleans Saints and Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns.

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