Does Working Out in the  Heat Burn More Calories?

Does Working Out in the Heat Burn More Calories?

With an average Summer high temperature of 105 degrees in Metro Phoenix, hiking or running in the heat can make your usual routine feel even more challenging. But does that mean it burns more calories too? The truth is, there isn’t an easy answer.

Heat Increases Intensity

In hot weather, it does take more cardiovascular effort to keep the body cool, which occurs by moving more blood to the skin to increase sweating. Therefore, working out in warm weather would most likely use more energy and burn more calories than exercising at lower temperatures.

But Cold Burns Fat

However, despite the intensity of working out in the heat, ironically you may burn more calories in a cooler environment, which is shown to increase fat metabolism and caloric expenditure.

These claims are shown scientifically; a study was done in 1997 that demonstrated how cool temperature could reduce obesity, and research that was done in 2014 showed that energy expenditure goes up in during cold exposure

Heat has Unique Benefits

But there may be other benefits to working out in the heat. What about hot yoga? There may be befitting. Hot temperatures have been thought to keep muscles loose and pliable, and heat may increase the detoxifying effects of sweating

Stay Safe

When you do head outside into the Arizona heat, keep these three tips in mind to avoid heat-related illness. First, choose heat-friendly apparel by seeking out fabrics labeled “moisture-wicking.” Next, hydrate smart with plenty of water and electrolytes, and finally, if it’s simply too much, try a free fitness class at one of the Phoenix Valley’s many gyms and health clubs!

3 Ways to Get Ready for Your First Barre Class

3 Ways to Get Ready for Your First Barre Class

With the Holidays coming up, it’s more important than ever to find a workout routine that you’ll stick to during the winter season. For some people, going to the gym just doesn’t cut it. Going from machine to machine–whether with a trainer or without–can become monotonous and boring. The best way to stay in shape is to find a regime that allows you to workout without feeling like you’re working out. The answer? Barre.

This form of exercise is dance-based. It’s highly intensive and people typically see the results of the dance workout quite quickly. As such, they’re more inclined to continue to attend classes and either see more improvements to their body or maintain the fitness level that they’ve achieved. For those who are interested in joining a Barre class, here a few key things you should know before attending your first class.

1. Make Reservations

While the occupancy certainly depends on the location of where the workout is being held, you should always strive to reserve your spot as soon as you can. Classes tend to fill up quickly due to the amount of fun and quick results that people see. Once you have saved your spot, you can place your mat wherever you like in the room. There isn’t exactly one seat that’s better than another. As such, just make sure you can see the instructor, and you’re set to go.

2. Dress Appropriately

Typical to yoga, Barre requires bare feet. Or, at least, feet covered in socks. Again, if the studio has hardwood floors, you might want to opt for socks that have sticky bottoms to them. Socks that had silicon pads on the bottoms are also a great solution. Typically, your instructor will tell you what their expectations are for socks. They may even sell a few pairs for your convenience.

In regards to the rest of your clothes, it’s best to wear something that is form-fitting. Not only does this allow for easier movement, but it also allows instructors to easier see your pelvic alignment as well as the rest of your body’s pose and posture. In this way, they can help you perfect the positions of Barre.

3. Prepare For Equipment

To make the most of Barre, instructors will likely introduce different forms of equipment to make Barra just that more advanced. The equipment may be a resistance band or even a pair of weights. Since you’ll most likely be able to select the weights that you want to perform Barre with, it’s best to choose two pairs–a lightweight one and a heavyweight one. You may feel pressured to start with a five or ten pound, but even one pound is going to feel quite heavy after extended use. To make things easier for yourself, especially in the beginning, you should opt for a one pound weight and see how your body feels while you exercise and the next day.