Olympics-inspired get-up-and-go won’t wait for cool-down period

If you are inspired to start exercising after watching the Summer Olympics but aren’t enthusiastic about the challenging weather, you don’t have to wait.

Olympic champion runner Dr. Peter Snell, now an exercise physiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you can easily find alternatives to an outdoor workout, like joining a gym or fitness center, or walking inside a shopping mall.

You can even exercise outdoors, as long as you have the proper clothing, drink plenty of liquids, and make it an early-morning or late-evening routine.

“You’ll also need fabrics that keep moisture away from your body and that help keep heat from building up as your body temperature rises from the activity,” Dr. Snell says.

Visit www.utsouthwestern.org/heartlungvascular to learn more about UT Southwestern’s heart, lung and vascular clinical and rehabilitation services, including exercise physiology.

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