Training In The Heat : How Efficient Is Your Body At Adapting To The Heat When Exercising?

When it comes to tapering your training down to competition or race/ match time, you've got to consider a few factors. Do not blow yourself out in the week leading up to competition, too many athletes believe that maximal training is what is needed in order to prepare the body for an event. This may be the case in the months leading up to competition in order to induce supercompensation (adaptation) and change, but the closer one gets, the more deliberate and careful the training should be. So if you know that you are due to compete in the heat in the next few weeks or months, then consider the following information proposed by which states...Submaximal exercise is enough to stimulate heat adaptations. So in other words, exercising at or around 50-80% ish is adequate to induce adaptation to heat during exercise. Researchers suggest that there is no need to perform key interval sessions or massive race distances/ times in order to acclimatise to heat. Light training in warm temperatures is often enough to get you ready, without burning you out completely (in both senses of the word).

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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