What you should know before exercising in the summer heat


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Most of us can’t wait until its warm enough to take our workout outside, but exercising in the heat can be tough on your body especially after a long, harsh winter.

Kerri McCalister spends her Saturday morning exercising indoors.

“I try to come to the “Y” as often as I can, usually two or three times a week. My favorite is the dance fitness classes,” said McCalister.

It’s just one way she burns calories while avoiding the sizzling sun.

“It’s just a little too hot to be outside. I don’t like to exercise in the heat,” said McCalister.

For those who do, when temperatures rise and humidity soars, make sure you know the risks.

“You can actually go into a heat stroke and that is going to need medical attention. Your internal body temperature is going to be over 104 degrees, and you do need to get medical help at that point,” said Macy Calb, a Personal Trainer at the YMCA of Vigo County.

So how hot is too hot?

“That depends. I know people who can train in 110 degree temperature and be fine, and I also know people who get overheated in 80 degrees,” said Calb.

It’s important to recognize when you should avoid the summer heat and take your workout inside.

“It’s your own body physiology so just knowing yourself and knowing your limits,” said Calb.

If you prefer the great outdoors keep this in mind.

“First of all if you’re already thirsty you are dehydrated, so I tell people to take a water break every 15 minutes if it’s hot outside. That’s even more important for children because they don’t have the skin surface adults do,” said Calb.

As for Kerri she would rather exercise in the air condition.

“When it’s too hot outside I prefer to be on the treadmill, in the dance classes, or the strength training classes. It’s a little bit easier,” said McCalister.

The YMCA has already seen an increase of people working out indoors this summer.

For a list of classes you can click on the link below.



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