Beat the Heat in Summer Workouts

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Heat and exercise can be a hazardous combination. However, officials at the St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center have some creative indoor workouts that can help you stay cool and fit.

"The pool is an excellent source of exercise regimen," the Rehab Center's Kori Rich said. "Water exercise is a little different but you can still work cardiovascularly as much as you can on a treadmill. So it's just as hard as you push yourself and the deeper you go in the water the easier it is."

If wading in the water is not for you, there's always a local gym that is temperature controlled.

Another indoor exercise options offers you the chance to work up a sweat and get some shopping done in between.

"You can utilize the mall," Rich said. "Everyone loves the mall so you can utilize the mall to walk around and do laps."

However, if the great outdoors is still calling your name, before heading outside health officials advise practicing the following :

- Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Wear light colored clothing.
- Drink plenty of fluids while exercising
- Consult a doctor.

"Try and stay out of the heat between the hours of 8 a.m. through 6 p.m. Try to exercise early morning or after 6 p.m. so that your core temperatures stay at a safe level," Rich said. "If you want to be safer and exercise at a higher intensity then staying indoors is a better choice."