I love hot weather and I love to workout but sometimes the two don’t mix. A co-worker just went by my office and said he was going for a run. Now, I’m sitting in a freezing cold office so a run outside sounds good. However, it is 92 degrees and we are under a heat advisory. I don’t care how elite you are as an athlete, temps like that will kill you. Seriously. Go to the gym or take a day off from working out. No matter how much you drink or how well you prepare- you could die. It happens all the time. As much as we love to sweat- this isn’t the right weather for it.
If you won’t listen to me, listen to the Mayo Clinic:
How heat affects your body
“Exercising in hot weather puts extra stress on your body. If you don’t take care when exercising in the heat, you risk serious illness. Both the exercise itself and the air temperature increase your core body temperature. To help cool itself, your body sends more blood to circulate through your skin. This leaves less blood for your muscles, which in turn increases your heart rate. If the humidity also is high, your body faces added stress because sweat doesn’t readily evaporate from your skin. That pushes your body temperature even higher.
Heat-related illness “Under normal conditions, your skin, blood vessels and perspiration level adjust to the heat. But these natural cooling systems may fail if you’re exposed to high temperatures and humidity for too long, you sweat heavily and you don’t drink enough fluids. The result may be a heat-related illness. Heat-related illnesses occur along a spectrum, starting out mild but worsening if left untreated.
Heat illnesses include: Heat cramps. Heat cramps are painful muscle contractions, mainly affecting the calves, quadriceps and abdominals. Affected muscles may feel firm to the touch. Your body temperature may be normal.
Heat exhaustion. With heat exhaustion, your body temperature rises as high as 104 F (40 C) and you may experience nausea, vomiting, headache, fainting, weakness and cold, clammy skin. If left untreated, this can lead to heatstroke.
Heatstroke. Heatstroke is a life-threatening emergency condition that occurs when your body temperature is greater than 104 F (40 C). Your skin may be hot, but your body may stop sweating to help cool itself. You may develop confusion and irritability. You need immediate medical attention to prevent brain damage, organ failure or even death.”
There you have it. It is just too damn hot to exercise outside. I’m going to sit back with a bottle of Bud Light 55 and be thankful that I went out for a run at 5am!