Staying Cool While Exercising In Extreme Heat

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- The dog days of summer are definitely here, and that's something to keep in mind if you're planning to work out outside.

The heat didn’t stop runners and bikers from going to Lake Fayetteville on Thursday (July 21).

Chase Wade and Mason Weaver started a 20-mile bike ride at 7:30 a.m.

Wade said drinking water was key to a successful ride.

“It's been really hot out here and we've been taking breaks...we're just making sure we're staying cool and not cramping up or anything,” said Wade.

Weaver said they haven't been pushing themselves as hard as they usually do.

“We just kind of got out here...kind of having fun and kind of ignoring the heat in a sense, but still taking precautions,” said Weaver.

Fayetteville Athletic Club trainer Kim Smith said if you feel overheated, find a shaded spot to rest and it will quickly bring down your body temperature.

“Drink more fluids than you typically might and just pay attention to your body," Smith said. "If you start to get light headed, find some shade and sit down. It doesn't mean stop working out, it just means work out smarter."

Smith said you can also consider working out outside before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m.

“When you are pretty dehydrated you can stop sweating because there is no more water in you to sweat out," Smith said. "So that is a definitely a you should probably stop and walk sign."

Jumping in a pool is another good option.

“It typically is going to keep your body temperature down more than anything else and it's a great cardiovascular exercise as is running, so you get strength training or resistance training as well as the cardio benefits,” Smith said.

If you have to, move your workout inside.

Smith said you may also consider buying cooling towels to put around your neck or just pour water on yourself.

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