Precautions for heat wave workouts

WASHINGTON – Soaring temperatures may get in the way for workout schedules, but experts say a heat wave warrants a refresher course in common sense.

Runners along the National Mall say they adapt to the weather.

“I load up on fluids before I come out,” says Mark Hosier. “The biggest thing is I watch the temperature in the morning, and if it’s too hot then I’m not going to be making it out here even though I do run every day.”

Experts say those who work out in the heat should drink plenty of fluids, wear loose, lightweight clothing, pace themselves and try to stay in air conditioning during the hottest parts of the day.

Failing to appreciate the conditions can lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion or even heatstroke, a condition the Centers for Disease Control call a life-threatening emergency.

“Basically you want to make sure you stay hydrated and keep your sugar up,” explains Chris Stenger, another National Mall jogger. “Know your body and how far you can push yourself.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, heat and humidity form a dangerous combination. They both raise core body temperature and make it more difficult to cool down.


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