"It's been very hot in my
area, and I've been trying to get my long runs early in the morning.
Lately I've been feeling slightly dizzy near the end of my runs.
Should I be doing something else on these hot days for my cardio?"
To avoid overheating while exercising in hot weather, you should
adjust the intensity to fit the temperature and humidity. Try
running in the morning or evening when the temperature is not as
extreme. Make sure that you're drinking enough water before and
during the exercise session. You may want to workout indoors on
extremely hot days. Consult your doctor if the dizziness continues.
The following are common types of heat injuries and their
* Heat cramps - muscles cramps of the abdomen, legs, or arms.
* Heat exhaustion - headache, excessive sweating, dizziness, nausea,
* Heat stroke - hot, dry skin, cessation of sweating, rapid pulse,
To prevent heat injuries, the following hydration guidelines
should be used:
* Type of drink: cool water (45 to 55 degrees F).
* Before the activity: drink 13 to 20 ounces at least 30 minutes
* During the activity: drink 3 to 6 ounces at 15 to 30 minute
* After the activity: drink to satisfy thirst, then drink a little
- Andy Dumas
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