by Tim Allardyce
01 November 2011
Endurance sports, such as marathon running or bicycle racing, are physically, mentally and physiologically demanding on the body and psyche. Individuals participating in endurance sports must be certain to maintain temperature homeostasis, as well as, minimise strain and psychological stressors during prolonged exercise.
The hypothalamus in the brain controls the body’s temperature regulators. The body’s natural thermoregulatory system will work constantly to maintain a normal body temperature, 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, during exercise. It’s important to equip yourself for extreme race conditions – especially when tackling a physical challenge in an environment that you’re not used to.