MAYWOOD, Ill., Aug. 18 (UPI) — High temperatures have dominated the summer, but as people try to make up for lost time they should still exercise caution outdoors, U.S. researchers say.
Kara Smith, a personal trainer and special projects coordinator at Loyola Center for Fitness in Maywood, Ill., says to go easy when exercising in the heat.
“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,” Smith said in statement.
Smith recommends staying hydrated by drinking water before, during and after exercise. She suggests weighing oneself before heading outside and again upon coming home. Whatever weight lost is water weight so drinking that amount in ounces of water will replenish the body.
For those who want to squeeze exercise into the last weeks of summer, Smith advises:
– Choosing time wisely. Avoid outside exercise during the hottest times of the day, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
– Protecting the skin and eyes from sun. Wear waterproof and sweat-proof sunscreen and sunglasses.
– Letting the heat escape. Wear light-colored, light-weight clothes that pull moisture away from the body.
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