Great article! It includes my favorite practice -- choosing the coolest part of the day for outdoor exercise.
Our summers are 90-105F midday, plus long stretches of humid weather, plus wind, so I take my walks early or late. I head out the door in the morning in time to be home by 9 am at the very latest, or alternatively go in the evening when the sun is very low, all set to be home before dark. No way will I exercise when the heat and sun are blasting away!
The heat index is a very good guide to follow, because it takes into account humidity, such a big factor. I have found that even in the low-sun times of day, if the humidity is high I definitely have to adjust my exercise level down a bit.
Living in the desert, this is a fantastic article. We've had about 12 out of the last 15 days over 110 degrees. I'm our local Team Leader and added thiso the Team favorites for new residents to read. Thank you, I couldn't have written an article this good.
6/27/2008 12:04:08 PM
The 90 degree heat limit is way to high for me! Besides water workouts, I suggest getting up early in the morning and working out. It's already light by 5:30 or 6:00 and much cooler. I jog with my dog early in the mornings in the summer; it's much better for him also. In AZ people train for long races by running at 3:00 a.m. It's already too hot by 9:00 a.m. Adapt to your state's temp. I'd run early if I lived in the south or midwest too.
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