Health Watch -- Summer Heat: Weekend Workouts

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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about summer heat and health dangers. The usual victims of heat-related illnesses are infants and the elderly — people who may not be able to look after themselves. But Dr. Paul Pepe, chairman of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says another vulnerable group is weekend warriors.

People who work indoors in air-conditioned environments may be at risk if they then try to be active in hot weather on weekends. Their bodies don't get a chance to adapt to the hot weather. Dr. Pepe offers these tips for weekend warriors: Wear loose, light-colored clothing. Drink plenty of water — the sugar and caffeine in soft drinks aren't good for you in hot weather. You should also avoid alcohol, no matter how good a cold beer sounds on a hot day. Not only is alcohol dehydrating, but it also can impair your judgment so you don't notice if you're in trouble from the heat.


July 2006

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