The Heat Is On: To Exercise or Not To Exercise

What does a blogger do when Wi-Fi is down & 4 people in your household are jockeying for the one Ethernet wire on premises? Answer: reblog a previous post. This post is one of my most popular ever & it happens to be a timely re-post. With the official first day of summer less than a week away, it’s a good time to review the myths, safety precautions and basic dos/don’ts of exercising in the heat of summer….

Fit & Happier

Summer has arrived!  It’s time to separate hot weather exercise fact from fiction so you can be safe and sound throughout the dog days.

I’m a mother of two school-aged children and a fitness trainer.  These two truths intersect in this way: I am about town on the same days at the same times and along the same routes each week carting kids to and from extracurricular activities and I notice people who are exercising along these routes.  A puzzling thing happens on the hottest, most humid days.  I see a lot of individuals exercising that I don’t see on any other days, many of them during the hottest time of day.  I suspect this phenomenon is born of myth and misconception.

Exercising in hot, humid weather or overdressing (indoors or out) to induce more sweating and a higher heart rate does not equal a better workout or more calories burned.  If you sweat enough you will temporarily…

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