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Exercising Safely In The Heat

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by MAC KING
New York, New York

When it's this hot outside. Experts say you need to take extra precautions when working out. Pounding the pavement in this kind of heat and humidity issues a beating to one's body.

"You could be the best athlete, you could be running a marathon and it'll sneak up on you and you could suffer a heat-related illness." says Dr. Jeremy Sperling, a physician.

Hot air, heavy with moisture, flows less smoothly into one's lungs, leaving exerted-bodies, gasping to swallow some oxygen.

"Exercising in heat can elevate your body temperature by five degrees in the first 15 minutes," says Louis Coraggio, a personal trainer.

To ease that struggle, personal-trainer Louis Coraggio slows down his workouts.

"You wanna go at a slower pace, you want to breathe and you want to hydrate before, during and after you exercise," says Coraggio.

Longer rests, and a mellower pace make one's regular routine no sweat.

Sweat is gross, but by sweating, the body's actually just trying to cool off. If you run out of fluid to sweat out, you either faint or die. So, replacing all those liquids becomes crucial.

"Make sure you start hydrating before you feel dehydrated," says Dr. Sperling.

Those with more flexible schedules should exercise early in the morning or just stay indoors

So when your lungs tell you the air needs thinning and your pores pour sweat, hydrate before you work out, hydrate while you work out, and hydrate after your work out. Also slow down your workout, and remember, looking cool's less important than staying cool.

"It's more about endurance when training outdoors in heat," concludes Coraggio.

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