The answer is yes, assuming you’re healthy and you don’t have any heat related conditions or any other reason why you shouldn’t exercise in the heat. Here’s what I would suggest. Firstly, shrink the size of your session. Instead of doing an hour or a longer session, try something like a Tabata sequence. I’ve talked about Tabata before, but it’s a four-minute sequence that you cycle through; 20 seconds of hard exercise, 10 seconds rest, 20 seconds hard exercise, 10 seconds rest and so on. Cycle through that eight times and that makes four minutes.

Or you could do a five-minute warmup, some dynamic stretching, some jogging on the spot, a light jog round the park or your garden. A four-minute Tabata that could be burpee’s, squats, running squats; any kind of body weight exercise is suitable. You could grab a kettle bell and do kettle bell squats and pushes. Anything at all. Ideally something that’s a compound movement, using multiple joints in the body. Then at the end of that you do a five-minute cool down. Light stretching is good, just cooling down the body and then I would try and spend another five minutes relaxing the nervous system. Spend five- minutes breathing in the cool, for example, in the shade somewhere, to bring your nervous system down a little bit.

If you can top that off with a cold shower, you’re going to have done your body a great favour, all within about 30 minutes from start to finish. The last thing I’d suggest is if you’re doing all of that outside, of course take care to put on sun cream. Don’t do it right in the middle of the day when it’s hottest. But, there’s no reason why the hot weather means it’s unsafe to exercise or in fact that we shouldn’t. Just be intelligent about it, shrink the time, do something you love.

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Leanne Spencer is an entrepreneur, coach, TEDx Speaker, author of Remove the Guesswork, and founder of Bodyshot Performance Limited. Bodyshot is a health and fitness consultancy that helps busy professionals get more energy by removing the guesswork around their health, fitness and nutrition. Visit www.bodyshotperformance.com or email [email protected] to register your interest in our services and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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  • Leanne is an award-winning entrepreneur and the founder of Bodyshot Performance Limited. She delivered a TEDx talk on 'Why fitness is more important than weight', is the author of bestselling books 'Remove the Guesswork' and 'Rise and Shine', and hosts a podcast called ’Remove the Guesswork‘. Leanne is the founder of Bodyshot Performance, an award-winning health and wellbeing company. Bodyshot Performance work with businesses of up to 500 people who want to create a culture of energy, vitality and performance through the business and position wellbeing as a competitive advantage. Bodyshot intersect the latest science and technology to provide unique solutions to the challenge of wellbeing in the workplace that have a direct impact on the bottom line. Our clients have won awards for wellbeing and recognise it directly improves employee engagement and retention and attracts talent into the business.  We also work with chronically stressed or burned out professionals to get you back in control of your health and able to do the things you want to do in life. My expertise is around health, fitness and wellbeing, specifically focusing on sleep, mental health, energy, body composition, digestion and fitness. I host a popular podcast on iTunes called ’Remove the Guesswork ‘, and in November 2016 I delivered a TEDx talk on 'Why fitness is more important than weight'. I’m the author of the bestselling books 'Remove the Guesswork' and 'Rise and Shine' and I regularly speak to corporates on health and wellbeing. My personal values are to live truthfully, considerately and to "suck all the marrow out of life" as Thoreau said. I support the charity Diversity Role Models which works to combat homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. I recently completed the world’s toughest ski race to raise £10,125 for Alzheimer's Research as my father-in-law was profoundly ill with Alzheimers, and I am on a constant mission to find ways to live in a way that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. I love sport, fitness, reading, gardening, business, podcasting, and being with my cat and our scampish little rescue dog, Kami from Romania.