Should I Exercise In Extreme Heat

Summer in St. Louis can make it challenging to keep up with your outdoor physical activities. It gets hot! We are constantly told to do our exercise inside and to limit outdoor training but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything in the heat. Be aware of the challenges of exercising in the heat.
Dehydration is the most common. Making sure you drink plenty of water during your workout is important but drinking before and after is vital.
Anything with the word “stroke” in it can’t be good and heat stroke is right up there as it can lead to organ failure, brain damage and death. First there are painful muscle spasms, then nausea, vomiting, headaches and cold/clammy skin. Once you stop sweating on a hot day you have a problem.
If you exercise in an area that has highly polluted air, you are in danger of lung damage. Places close to highly used highways pose a problem.
Finally, just being in the heat causes the heart rate to rise and extended time working out in the heat can cause heart trouble.
Limiting how much you do out side is a no brainer and make sure you are well hydrated before, during and after will limit problems. Allowing yourself to cool down if you are not feeling well is just common sense!

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