Record Heat Requires Exercise Precautions08/26/10
THURSDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Autumn may be waiting in
the wings, but the continuing summer heat and humidity means that
you need to be careful when exercising outdoors.
"It's great to get outside and exercise before the cold weather sets in, but this year's record heat makes it all the more important to take precautions so you don't make a healthy activity bad for your health," Kara Smith, a personal trainer and special projects coordinator at Loyola Center for Fitness, said in a Loyola University news release.
She offered some advice for staying safe while exercising
outdoors in hot, humid conditions:
- Avoid exercising outside during the hottest times of the day,
which are usually between 10 a.m. and 4 pm.
- Wear sweatproof and waterproof sunscreen.
- Drink water before, during and after you exercise. Weigh
yourself before you go outdoors to exercise and again as soon as
you return home. The weight you've lost is water weight so you need
to drink that amount in ounces of water to replenish your
- If you exercise during the daytime, wear sunglasses to protect
- You should wear lightweight clothing that is light-colored and
is made of materials that pull moisture away from your body.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers
tips to prevent heat-related illness.
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