Healthy Thursday: Too Hot to Exercise


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During these hot summer months of global warming, it may be difficult to go walking, jogging or yogaing when the temps are in the triple digits (or too warm for your area of the country).  Here in Seattle the norm temp for summer used to be low to mid-70s, not even five years ago.  But the past 2 summers the highs have been mid-upper 80s and low 90s.  That is not normal for the Emerald City, in addition to no rain.

Instead of waiting for mid-day to mid-afternoon to go for that walk and set yourself up for failure then quit in personal triumph, walk, jog or do your daily exercise early in the mornings or late in the day. Temperatures will be lower, you lessen the chances of heat stroke. Take some water with you, maybe a damp towel to lay across your neck and shoulders, wear a lightweight hat to keep the early morning sun off your head.

Another tip is to walk slow-you’re not doing yourself any favors by working up a sweat to collapse. Take your time, enjoy the sights and sounds of your surroundings. Ask a friend to join you, if you are safe, listen to music, a book or motivational speaking while walking.  Always be aware of your surroundings, who is near you and what is happening.

Take care out there!  Your body will thank you.

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