Exercising Outdoors in the Heat

By August 6, 2015Outdoor/Sport

Dallas Weather Forecast: 102 degrees with a heat index of 104 to 106. That’s hot!

Be a smart outdoor exerciser and alter your normal routine if necessary. If you usually exercise around lunchtime or in the late afternoon, you might want to have a different strategy. With this kind of heat in store for several days, opt for a morning workout or later in the evening. Be aware that there is more humidity in the morning and higher temperatures in the early evening so pick your poison!

Don’t just drink during your workout. Be sure you are hydrated all day long. Your body needs half your body weight in ounces of water each day. Drink half of that amount upon rising and continue to nourish yourself with clean water throughout the day. Tea and coffee, soft drinks and fruit juices don’t count.

Cover your head in the heat just as you do during the winter.

Most importantly: do not take your pets on a walk or run during the hottest part of the day. Make sure they have plenty of water and watch where you walk/run them. Streets and sidewalks are brutal and the pads of your pet’s feet can be burned and blistered in minutes when air temperatures are this high so be a responsible pet owner.

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