Heat wave: working out smart in the swelter

Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:26am EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Is your fitness routine wilting in the sizzle of this long, hot summer?

If you exercise outdoors, experts urge you to ease up and drink up, or your body will quickly become too hot to handle.

"If you're running, jog. If you're jogging, walk. If you're walking, slow your pace," said Dr. Douglas Casa, director of Athletic Training Education at the University of Connecticut.

"The intensity of the exercise is the biggest factor that drives your body temperature up, so do whatever you can do to decrease it," he added.

Casa is CEO of the Korey Stringer Institute, a heat stroke prevention facility named for the Minnesota Vikings lineman who died from heat stroke in 2001.

"People who are into a regular fitness routine are dedicated," he said. "They're not going to take the day off. So hydrate yourself properly, wear less clothing, exercise in the shade and try to avoid the hottest part of the day."

Casa said to make sure you're drinking enough, check the color of your urine.

"It should look more like lemonade than apple juice," he explained.   Continued...

<p>A tourist drinks water as he stands in the heat outside the White House in Washington, July 24, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst</p>