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Too hot to handle?! Superdrug ambassador, AJ Odudu shares her summer sweat workouts. Bicep curling in the sun and glutes squatting by the pool, it must be this year’s Love Island gym sessions, and although Adam was a bit tied up Superdrug has someone even better to take you through the dos and don’ts of a holiday work out...

 

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Superdrug’s Fitness ambassador, AJ Odudu shares her top tips and exercises to get your heart rate pumping and get you sweating in the sun as whether you’re abroad or staying at home, exercising in the heat comes with its sweating safety baggage. She also recommends a few of her favourite Superdrug products to help you along the way.

AJ says, ‘’First of all, let’s talk about sweating safety. Heat increases your overall core body temperature which increases your heart rate, leaving less blood for your muscles. With this in mind, we must watch out for signs of overheating when exercising in hot and humid conditions.

Signs can include weakness, headache, dizziness, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting. These are all signals that your body temperature is too high to continue exercising. But of course we all love a good workout and want to get our pulses raised in more way than one on holiday, so I’ve got a few ways you can keep active and stay safe.’’

 

Exercises to do in the water

In addition to simply swimming (which can burn 600 calories per hour) you can do the following moves for two minutes per exercise in the shallow end of the pool, to help sculpt your entire body whilst improving your stamina.

1. Jog in place

Ensuring you keep the knees high

2.  Squat jump

Squat down with arms extended at shoulder height; jump as high as possible while raising arms overhead

3. Bicycle

Lean with back against side of pool, arms outstretched at edge and pedal legs at surface

4. Flutter kick

Hold onto edge of pool, arms extended; kick legs quickly

5. Push ups

Hold onto edge of pool with your chest almost touching the wall of the pool edge too, feet facing the ground. Slowly push your hands down and extend your arms as though you're getting out of the pool before slowly lowering yourself back into the water and repeat as many times as you can in two minutes. 

 

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Exercises to do at home/in hotel rooms

No gym? Here are some moves to do at home or in a hotel room. Importantly these exercises don’t require any equipment at all, and will still help you feel energised for the day - there are no excuses people!

Do each exercise for a minute each, rest for a minute and then repeat. You'll have a fat burning, body toning workout done and dusted in less than 15 minutes!

  1. Star jumps
  2. Crunches
  3. Sit ups
  4. Press ups
  5. Burpees
  6. Plank

Hard floor? Get kitted out with Superdrug’s yoga mat to get your ‘om’ on.  

Exercises to do on the beach

Beach games are a great way to exercise without even thinking about it. Playing catch with a ball, frisbee and beach or pool volleyball will work out your entire body, burn calories and bring out your competitive side. Fun and fitness combined!

 

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AJ' Odudo's top Superdrug products for the heat

Along with all this exercise, AJ shares her favourite Superdrug products to enjoy in the heat.

‘‘I'm loving the Some Body Banana protein shake, aiding muscle repair post workout. Also the Some Body Mojito flavoured water - it’s great for making ice lollies, keeping cool and staying hydrated without the hangover. The Some Body Cocoa and Orange Bars are another favourite of mine- easy snacks to pop in your beach bag and keep the ice creams at bay.’’

So, whilst we’re sizzling in the sun, be sure to stay hydrated, know the warning signs of overheating and enjoy Superdrug products this summer.