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Tips for working out in the heat
- Updated: July 16, 2013
If you like to go running, jogging, or even walking to stay in shape, you may have to take a break because of the heat.
But, you don’t want to bring your exercise routine to a screeching halt.
With the 90-plus heat index gripping the state, trainer Amanda Zapatka is keeping a closer eye on her athletes at CrossFit New Haven.
“We make sure they’re breathing throughout the workout, helping with that heat exchange and if things are blurry for them, have them sit back,” Zapatka said. “Just keep breathing — do what they can, not push too hard.”
Lori Marini is taking a measured approach to staying fit.
“If I’m running all out as fast as possible and my body is not happy with that, I actually take it down at a slower pace than I normally would,” she said.
Staying hydrated throughout the day– not just in the gym — is stressed.
“Heat exhaustion, heat stroke are some things to consider on days the heat is as this intense,” Zapatka said.
Well known Fitness Specialist Lisa Lynn recommends — not working out — outdoors — in the oppressive heat.
“Before we even get out of bed, our body temperature is up, at least a few degrees,” said Lisa Lynn, founder of LynFit. “That drives our heart rate to work harder and our blood pressure is up, meaning that, the body is already working harder.”
Not overdoing it — can help keep a daily regimen intact.
Pay attention to what your body is telling you. Eat properly, and drink plenty of fluids. It’s all about safe and effective fitness.