By now, the U.S. has thoroughly shaken off her winter chill. The snow line has crept up mountaintops and the ocean waters are warm. This phenomenon, known as the “lag of seasons” is what makes August and September the hottest months of the year.
Exercising in hot weather zaps your strength and puts you at risk for heat related illnesses. Your chances of heat exhaustion or heat stroke are extremely high when outside temperatures rise above 82 degrees. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett recommends staying cool while exercising during the hottest months of the year.
Staying hydrated is a critical factor in preventing heat related illnesses such as dehydration, heat exhaustion, and life threatening heat stroke. Moisture in our body regulates sweating, which is our best method against overheating. When you’re dehydrated, your body can’t dissipate heat well, and your core temperature rises.
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If you know you’ll be exercising in the heat, drink at least half of your body weight in ounces throughout the day. Drink seven to 10 ounces of water 20 minutes before exercise, and eight to 10 ounces every 15 minutes during exercise. Drink 24 ounces of water for every pound lost through sweat within two hours of completing a workout.
Hot weather workouts put your heart in overdrive. Your heart not only has to send blood to your muscles, but to your skin as well, adding stress to your cardiovascular system. Work out in the morning or evening to avoid the hottest time of day, which is between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wear loose fitting clothes that are light colored and moisture wicking.
Take high-intensity workouts inside, or do shorter, less intense workouts. Take breaks or rest/stretch in the shade to keep your body temperature and heart rate from skyrocketing.
Symptoms of heat related illness includes weakness, hot, red skin, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, hyperventilation, irritability, goose bumps, headache, forgetfulness, and clumsiness. If this occurs, stop exercising, hydrate and cool down. Seek medical attention if you don’t feel better within one hour.
Outdoor workouts add fresh air, sunshine and visual stimulation to your routine. Science-backed benefits of exercising outside include increased energy, improved mood, and reduced tension, so keep cool and let your spirit soar.
Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. She has advanced the business opportunities of women and men in the fitness industry by growing the program into an international franchise business that today, hosts a network of 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries.
The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, cardio box and Latin style movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor. Additional Jazzercise programs include Junior Jazzercise, Jazzercise Lite and Personal Touch. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.