Health Watch — Summer Kickoff: Hot-Weather Workouts

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about hot summer weather and how it may affect your health. Regular exercise is important for staying healthy, but in hot weather you may need to take some precautions.

Dr. Peter Snell, a physiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says air flow is key to keeping your body cool during hot-weather exercise. In hot, humid weather, sweat may not evaporate as well, which keeps your body from cooling itself. Look for exercises that generate air flow, such as roller blading or cycling. These help increase evaporation and keep your body a little cooler. You should also be sure to stay hydrated. Carry a water bottle and drink before you get thirsty. When the weather gets really hot, it may be more comfortable to exercise in the early morning. 


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