Just in time for summer, a recent study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research pointed to some surprising conclusions about how to best prepare your body for high-temperature workouts: Take a hot bath.
While a hot bath is probably the last thing you're craving in June, taking one every day in the few days leading up to a 90-degree weather run or other outdoor workout will make it a lot more bearable—and it will make you faster and stronger. Why? Because you're actually acclimated to high temperatures. "Being acclimated causes your body to produce more sweat earlier on in your workout, which reduces internal body heat and eases the demands put on the heart during exercise," explains functional medicine expert and mbg class instructor William Cole. "It's a great way to enhance performance naturally as well as increase the detox benefits of sweating."
You've probably heard other no-fail stay-cool tips—drink enough water, exercise early in the morning, the list goes on—but if you're looking to actually stay cool this summer, here are some other fun tips.