Should I sprint when it's hot outside?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 29, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Is it a good idea to sprint when it's very hot outside under the theory that it's best to exercise in a way that places intense but short-term stress on the body?



on May 29, 2012
at 09:03 PM

Sprinting in 85 degrees F. as opposed to the normal sprinting I do when the temp is between, say, 55-75 degrees.



on May 29, 2012
at 08:07 PM

Well, as opposed to what? What is your baseline? Are you asking whether you should sprint rather than run long distances when it's hot, i.e. cutting back on your distances? Or are you asking whether, when it gets hot, you should *add* sprints to your regime, i.e. start running although you haven't been before?

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on May 29, 2012
at 08:46 PM

I think you're asking if the heat will add "good" stress.

I don't think so. There are specific, beneficial adaptations to sprinting that, as far as I know, are not improved by heat. I can't see that adapting to heat has any benefit unless you're specifically training to work-out or compete in a hot climate.



on May 29, 2012
at 08:30 PM

Keep it short, keep it hydrated. Stop immediately if you feel faint. Enjoy the sun!



on May 29, 2012
at 08:17 PM

What do you define as "hot"? I'm in phoenix and I still keep my sprint regiment, we've hit about 107 lately. I don't see any draw backs. I just stay hydrated. Granted my whole sprinting/plyeometrics work out is only about 20 min. I run down to my park, do my sprints and jumping and run back. When its hot here it is definitely harder to do. If you can handle it, just keep hydrated. I plan to keep doing my sprints even past the 110/115 degrees.

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