Play at paddle in the middle of summer is a sign of good times shared with friends but also a sign of physical suffering compared to the heat. Here are some tips for better management.
Playing padel in hot weather requires knowledge of your body, your abilities and your resistance. If you are not yet that type of person who manages their body perfectly, take these tips to help you combine sport, leisure and performance in these summer months.
This is the first and above all the most important point when it comes to playing a padel match. On hot days we will sweat a lot more than usual, so we lose water. Do not hesitate to start drinking on a regular basis 30 minutes before your game or your workout, continue to do so during the change of sides, and also after the game. This is the only way to recover the water that you will lose.
Like it or not, food is very important when summer comes. We eat more light things like salads… or barbecues. Consider having a good breakfast with fruits and cereals which will give you the necessary energy for the day. Summer is the season for fruits and vegetables so make the most of it, add color and freshness to your plates.
We can never talk about it enough, but protecting yourself from the sun and the heat is very important. Cap, sunscreen and suitable clothing such as a technical T-shirt and not 100% cotton. Know that cotton will keep the perspiration on you, which will heat up in the sun and with your body temperature. Using technical type clothing will allow sweat to evaporate and circulate air between the T-shirt and your body. If the heat is too hot, wet your head or use foggers.
When you end a date in the middle of summer, it is advisable to take a cool shower as quickly as possible, which will relax you and bring down your body temperature. Put on light, loose clothing with your feet exposed if possible. Beware of too cold drinks that could make you sick.
Summer is a time as attractive for padel as it is dangerous for our body. Take all the necessary precautions and above all, have fun.
Julien Bondia is a padel teacher in Tenerife. He is the founder of AvantagePadel.net, a software very appreciated by clubs and padel players. Columnist and advisor, he helps you play better through his many padel tutorials.