Doctors warn of health risks associated with exercise in the heat

Published: Jul. 2, 2018 at 9:42 PM CDT
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Summer activities often means heading outside and enjoying some fun in the sun. However, when it comes to fitness, the heat could be doing you more harm than good if you're not careful.

Every week Christopher and Amber Alejandro host Fit Camp BCS at Wolf Pen Creek.

"It's anything from heavy ropes, to tires or sleds. Anything you can think of that's boot camp oriented, we have it," said Alejandro.

In the summer months, when the temperatures reach triple digits, the pair makes a few changes.

"We keep it in the shade,” he said. “We also provide water for them in case they didn't hydrate enough during the day."

He says they pay attention to their clients to make sure they aren’t overheating.

"We tell them to go ahead sit this round out, get a bottle of water and come back when you're ready," said Alejandro.

Family Medicine doctor Kathryn Greiner with Baylor Scott and White says you could be putting your health at risk if you train during the heat of the day.

"When that humidity is high, your body can't cool itself off like it's supposed to,” said Dr. Greiner.

Heat-related illnesses range from something mild, like heat cramps to more severe, like heat stroke.

Dr. Greiner says if you’re concerned about the conditions outside you should check the heat index. She says if it is over one hundred degrees, you should pick another time to train.

"The key to exercising in the heat is hydrating, stretching and what's called acclimatization,” said Dr. Greiner. “Your body has to get used to working out in the heat."

If you do find yourself overheating, doctors suggest spraying your body with a little bit of water and sitting under a fan.

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