Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Trying to keep fit in hot weather?

Those of us who live in more northern parts of the world tend to celebrate and appreciate hot summer days with fervor. We like to spend a lot of time outside and enjoy what nature has to offer us.

Winter routines of exercising in the house or gym often are replaced with cycling, jogging, walking, blading, and just about anything else you can think of doing outside. But, is it such a good idea when the temperatures are soaring and the humidity factor is heading towards "sauna"?

Experts say that when the temperatures get so high, we really should be limiting our exertion outside. This is even more important if you live in an urban area where smog can be an issue. But if you are going to exercise outside, there are some precautions you can take:

  • Increase your fluid intake
  • Don't push yourself to break records
  • Listen to your body and stop if you need to
  • Consider doing part of your routine inside in an air conditioned environment

Be careful. Staying fit is a wonderful thing, but not at the expense of affecting your health because of the heat.

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1 comment:

Crabby McSlacker said...

In my mind, hot weather is why they invented gyms. I am much more willing to endure cold temperatures than hot--get me outside when it's hot and humid and I melt!