As the temperature rises in Oklahoma, so do the number of heat-related incidences.
“First thing we tell people in hot, humid conditions is slow down,” Fleet Feet Sports co-owner Lori Dreiling said. “And also know what your body can take. If you are heat-sensitive and work out in the afternoon and evenings, then get some good technical apparel that actually cools your body. Cotton traps heat and moisture, elevating your core temperature during a workout, so that material should be avoided.”
Dreiling would know. The two stores she co-owns with husband Tim carry everything from shoes and apparel to accessory fitness products.
“And wear a technical hat, not just a cotton hat, because your body needs to release heat through the head also,” Dreiling said.
Working out in the early morning is another way to keep yourself from overheating, and, of course, so is drinking plenty of fluids.
“Hydration is key this time of year,” Dreiling said. “We’re big on not just water. You’re supposed to be drinking half your body weight in ounces. And you can’t cram for hydration. If you are going to work out in the evening or afternoon then don’t just cram in the afternoon- you need to start hydrating in the morning.”
It's also important to drink electrolytes.
“If you drink too much water you can get into a situation called hyponatremia, which is just as bad as being dehydrated,” Dreiling said. “With hyponatremia you’ve drunk too much water and you’ve flushed all the salt out of your system.”
Other outdoor workout tips include:
• Learn what your body can handle
• Bring an inhaler if you are asthmatic
• Use the buddy system
• Bring a cell phone in case you run into trouble
• Make sure to use bug spray and sun screen
Fleet Feet Sports also offers a free weekly workout every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Tulsa Track and Field. Coaches are on-hand and the workout is open to all abilities and fitness levels.
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