Exercising in Extreme Heat - Beware!



I don't know how hot it is where you live, but here in New York City the weather has been scorchingly HOT! Simple outdoor activities like running, biking and blading seem to be taking place in hell if you choose to do them at the wrong time of the day. I have had to suspend my late afternoon boot camps for now because having a bunch of people running, jumping, sprinting and leap frogging during near 100 degree temperatures is not a great idea. Even doing kick boxing at 7:30 pm, it's pretty dam hot. For those of you that are hopping on the outdoor exercise craze that comes along with summertime, be sure to take a few precautions before you go out there and burn off those cals.

I mean, you can still get your workout on, but do it carefully! Here are some things to do to stay safer during those outdoor workouts.

Pick the coolest times of the day to go out and exercise. Early mornings up until about 11 and evenings are the best when the temperatures go upwards of 85 degrees.

Wear light colored, breathable clothing.

Don't forget the sunscreen. Yes, you're going to sweat it off, but just reapply after the workout is over. You must be sure to protect that skin no matter what.

Decrease your intensity a bit. The hot temperature does make a difference in how much energy you are expending. You don't have to slow down to a crawl, but do rein it in just a bit. You'll find that your energy level will stay up for a lot longer, and you won't feel nauseous or as if you're ready to pass out.

Hydrate!! You knew that one was coming, right? Water, water, water.... and oh yeah, more water! Before the workout, small sips during your workout and afterwards to replenish some of the fluids you lost. You will sweat up to twice as much in your normal workout when the temperatures are high. Be sure to avoid that dehydration and drink up!

Protect those eyes. Sports shades and glasses to protect your eyes from those powerful UV rays are a must. There are all types now that are designed to stay on no matter what activity you're doing. Invest in a good pair, and be sure to take them with you on every super sunny workout day.

You don't have to stop those outdoor workouts, but do take that proper precautions and stay safe. As for myself, I'm gonna go and hop in the pool! ;)

13 comments:

VetTech on July 10, 2010 at 10:20 AM said...

I gave up and moved indoors to the elliptical and treadmill...somehow I STILL managed to get a sunburn.

Naz on July 10, 2010 at 6:43 PM said...

Yeah, I guess swimming is the best option during this weather.

Cynical Musings/ JLandsberger on July 11, 2010 at 9:04 AM said...

I live in South Carolina, and I know what you mean about the heat. I either work out early in the morning or late at night.

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Randy keih on July 19, 2010 at 12:33 PM said...

Great tips..itis interesting to know how the right exercise and the right ways of doing the exercise can be so beneficial for anybody who wants to get results.

David on August 17, 2010 at 7:54 PM said...

Good advice! Some people actually like to workout in the heat. There are exercise classes where the heat is deliberately cranked up. I haven't figured that one out. Some people like punishment I guess :-)

James on September 14, 2010 at 7:42 AM said...

Great advice! People need to be very careful of working out in the heat and if you choose to workout in the hot sun then make sure you stay very hydrated. If you feel it's a little hot outside then just get in the gym and catch a workout in the air conditioning.

Bonnie on November 2, 2010 at 8:59 AM said...

I once spent a lot of time exercising in the extreme heat conditions and felt sick the following two days. It is something I will never do again.

Gretchen on December 8, 2010 at 7:03 AM said...

I never go out in extremely hot days. And I always drink enough water when I do exercise.

Health and Wellness, Senior Friend Finders on January 21, 2011 at 3:40 AM said...

Great post i like that exercise is most important in our life, I guess swimming is the best option during this weather.
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