When the temperature goes up, are you fast to run and turn on your air conditioning? If you’re like many, this is precisely what you do. You want to feel comfortable and few people feel good when placed in the heat.
But, as much as you may like the cooler temps, they may not be doing your workouts any justice. In fact, that air-conditioning could be ruining your results right before your very eyes.
Here are some of the negative implications air condition can have on you.
The first big problem associated with air conditioning is a feeling of constant fatigue. You may find that you’re more tired all the time, including when you’re at the gym and are less likely to be in the mood to put in an intense session at the gym.
Don’t be surprised if with that fatigue, you also experience headaches as well. This is all very common in those who are placed in air-conditioned environments on a regular basis.
You take great care to protect yourself from injury in the gym as you know that any sort of chronic or acute pain will drive you out of the gym for days or even weeks at a time.
But what about the unpredictable? The common cold or flu? If you are sitting in an air-conditioned environment all day long, don’t be surprised if you don’t come down with either of these more frequently.
The air conditioning is going to lead to a constant build-up of mucous membrane irritation and possibly breathing difficulties, making it easier for you to catch whatever bug happens to be going around.
If you are out for a few days due to a flu only to recover and fall ill again, it doesn’t take much to realize you won’t be hitting your PR’s any time soon.
Joint Pain Intensifies
Another reason to forgo that air conditioner? Sitting in an air-conditioned room may also increase your chances of experiencing joint pain as well. Many lifters already experience chronic joint related issues from lifting heavy weight so frequently, the last thing you want to do is add to this.
You’re body will be more tense and stiff when you’re in an air conditioned room for a lengthy period of time, which can mean greater chance for pulling or tearing a ligament or tending when moving.
And, it’ll also mean you need to devote that much more time when warming up in the gym.
Finally, the last big concern of using air conditioning that can take a bite out of your lean muscle mass gains is the fact that it leaves your body dehydrated. Air-conditioned rooms tend to be very dry, which leads to increased water loss from the lungs and through the skin.
Even slight levels of dehydration can have a negative effect on your overall strength and power, as well as on your recovery ability.
The best way to combat this if you must use air conditioning is to utilize a hydration produce such as KAGED MUSCLE® HYRA-CHARGE, which will help keep your muscles well hydrated so that you can perform your best.
So as you can see, there are a few reasons you might want to rethink that air conditioning unit you take out come summer. While it may temporarily make you feel more comfortable to be out of the heat, it’s simply not an ideal long-term solution if making progress in the gym is your goal.