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Tips for a safe summer workout

Tips for a safe summer workout

Even at the peak of summer’s heat, there are still ways to get in your workout outdoors. Some tips from Barbara Fishman, editor of the American College of Sports Medicine’s new book, Complete Guide to Fitness & Health, and Doug Casa of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association:

Start slow: Even if you’re in great shape, acclimate to the heat over a number of days.

Drink up: Hydrate yourself before and during your exercise to make up for lost fluids from exertion in hot weather. For every additional 1 percent of body mass you lose by sweating, your temperature rises half a degree, says Casa. “Hydrating is the most powerful tool you have,” he says. But avoid alcohol, coffee and sodapop because they can dehydrate you.

Go skimpy: Wear light clothing that wicks sweat away from the body.

Make your own breeze: Go for a bike ride or slip into your Rollerblades for exercise with built-in air-conditioning.

Find some shade: Head out for a power walk in the forest preserves or at a shady park.

Head to a pool: Swimming or water aerobics offer a great — and cool — workout, evenead out for a power walk in the forest preserves or at a shady park.

Even at the peak of summer’s heat, there are still ways to get in your workout outdoors. Some tips from Barbara Fishman, editor of the American College of Sports Medicine’s new book, Complete Guide to Fitness & Health, and Doug Casa of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association:

Start slow: Even if you’re in great shape, acclimate to the heat over a number of days.

Drink up: Hydrate yourself before and during your exercise to make up for lost fluids from exertion in hot weather. For every additional 1 percent of body mass you lose by sweating, your temperature rises half a degree, says Casa. “Hydrating is the most powerful tool you have,” he says. But avoid alcohol, coffee and soda.

Go skimpy: Wear light clothing that wicks sweat away from the body.

Make your own breeze: Go for a bike ride or slip into your Rollerblades for exercise with built-in air-conditioning.

Find some shade: Head out for a power walk in the forest preserves or at a shady park.

Head to a pool: Swimming or water aerobics offer a great — and cool — workout.



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