Health Watch — Summer's Last Gasp: Exercising in Heat

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 This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about getting through the last weeks of summer. Although this is one of the hottest times of the year, it’s a time when school sports teams and bands start practicing, and when runners gear up for the fall race season.

Dr. Benjamin Levine, a sports medicine specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says hydration is key to avoiding heat-related injury. For regular workouts of less than an hour or so, just drinking water when you’re thirsty and salting food should be enough to replenish your body. More serious athletes should weigh themselves before and after a workout to know how much fluid they’re losing to sweat and to better calculate how much they need to drink to replace lost fluids. These athletes may need sports beverages that replace fluid and minerals lost in sweat.

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August 2007

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