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John's Tips: Exercising in the Heat

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This has been the longest period of high heat and humidity in Maine in memory. You do not want to give up on your exercise, but you need to be careful. If you are just beginning an exercise program outdoors, you should slowly acclimatize to the heat. Start off with 15 minutes, and slowly work up to longer periods. Drinking plenty of water is essential, and try to drink cold water, as the cold will help keep your internal body cool.

If you stop sweating when you are exercising, you are dehydrated and need water immediately. Avoid exercising between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, the hottest part of the day. Exercise in the water. Leisurely swimming burns 422 calories per hour. Just treading water burns 281 calories per hour. If swimming is not your thing, just jogging in water burns 562 calories per hour. Enjoy this summer weather for it will be past all too soon.

Enjoy exercising outdoors, but make sure to take a few precautions to keep yourself safe.