Exercising Safe in Heat

By: Karen Campbell Email
By: Karen Campbell Email

The recent heatwave that has settled in the Valley doesn't seem to be having an impact on runners.

However, health care workers at the Rockingham Memorial Wellness Center in Harrisonburg say there are some things you should consider when running in the heat.

Workers say your body notices a difference if you are running indoors, instead of outdoors.

They recommend avoiding direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which is the hottest part of the day.

If that is the only time you can exercise outdoors, they say don't over exert yourself.

"At times you will not be able to perform at the same level that you would indoors, just because the heat does put an extra stress on your body that could make it a little more challenging. Don't get discouraged if you have to slow down or stop because of an exercise. Just be smart about it and stay hydrated," says George Reid, fitness manager at RMH Wellness Center.

Reid says you should drink two cups of water within an hour of exercising.


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