How to beat the heat when pumping your feet
Mon, 02 Jul 2012 01:28:56 GMT —
Summer means swimming pools, shorts, and for many, a gym membership. With temperatures well into the 90's and even hitting triple-digits, there are precautions everyone should take when exercising.
"You need to drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated, a lot of electrolytes just to replace the salts and stuff in your body. Wear light, loose-fitting clothing to stay cool and try to avoid caffeine intake because it will dehydrate you," said Reanna Harrell, the front desk manager at Tony's Gym.
Everyone's body is different and can withstand different levels of stress, but there are certain signs anyone can pick up on if their body is overheated.
"If you're working out in the heat, one of the first things you're going to feel is fatigued when you start to dehydrate. Fatigue turns into much worse symptoms that can ultimately lead to either heat stroke or a severe form of dehydration," said Eugene Wyles, a Personal Trainer at PT Gym.
No matter how many steps you take to beat the heat, experts say the number one thing you can do to stay healthy in these conditions is to stay hydrated.
"I would drink at least a glass of water every hour. You would need to at least drink a gallon of water a day. Before you work out, I would drink about 8 to 16 ounces of water," said Harrell.
If you've taken all of the correct steps to stay hydrated and still wonder if you're pushing the limit, experts say there is a simple test to perform that will let you know when to unlace the sneakers.
"One of the best signs to manage your body heat and your exercise level when out in the heat is do a talk test. Especially when out in the heat, if you can't carry on a conversation with somebody, then you need to stop," said Wyles.