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Tips to beat the heat during exercise


Think cool thoughts.

With a heatwave spreading from the Midwest to the East Coast this week, advice on staying cool (while exercising outside) is all over the ‘Net. I’ve assembled a roundup of advice from several different sources, but here’s the gist:

  • Exercise during the coolest part of the day. Venture out early in the morning or later in the evening, when the sun is low in the sky.
  • Wear sunscreen. On a related note, wear a hat with a brim and/or sunglasses, since your eyes need UV protection, too.
  • Hydrate early and often. Some experts recommend drinking water — or even a slushie — half an hour before working out. But according to Shelly Dembe, RN, who oversaw the “It’s a Walk in the Park” class for YP4H this year, good hydration is an all-day activity. Make sure you drink a lot of water hours before and long after a workout. A drink with electrolytes is good for after.
  • Take it easy. When you work out in the heat, your heart rate rises faster than it would normally. Scale back the intensity of your workout to compensate.

Other suggestions? Leave them in the comments. In the meantime, here’s what I found today:

Stay cool, everyone.



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