Here are things that can be done while exercising to maintain a healthy body temperature:
1. Exercising indoors vs. outdoors can make a dramatic difference in core body temperature, get acclimated. If you aren’t used to working out in the heat, take it easy the first two weeks, until your body gets used to exerting itself in higher temperatures.
2. Drink plenty of water-dehydration is a key in heat related illness. The body can dehydrate in less than 10 minutes of exercise outdoors.
3. Dress light- wear light fitting clothes or clothes that absorb heat well
4. Cut out alcohol and caffeine in the heat. Caffeine and alcohol will suck water out of your system.
5. Go early or go late. Get up before the heat has a chance to take over, or a late sunset workout has its own charms.
Exercises to bring down the body temperature include, yoga (decreases your core body temp by several degrees because of effective breathing), stretching (this is a calming way to relax and cool down), basic calisthenics (planks, crunches, calf raises, pushups, and squats are great for toning and they require low exertion), cardio cool down (cooling down on the treadmill or bike while monitoring heart rate), pool exercises (done at steady state pace can help decrease core body temperature)
Pay attention to heat exhaustion warning signs: moist clammy skin, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting, weakness, headaches, disorientation, and impaired judgment.
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