Protecting yourself in the heat.

With the warm weather coming in (Finally!) most of us get out of the house and increase our level of activity in order to obtain the number one goal in life the washboard abs.  Yes that’s right washboards abs.. nothing else matters. 

As you move with reckless abandon in your noble drive to obtain the holy grail of washboard abs, I want you to be aware of the dangers of heat and exercise.  A combination of rising temperature from exercise and the already existing hot temperature can cause a devastating rise in the body’s core temperature.

Here is a way to check you current and local temperature to ensure you are exercising in a safe environment.  Go to accuweather.com and enter your local zip code.  This will bring up the local forecast for your zip code.  You can then click on the hourly forecast and look at the REALFEEL number.

Use the following guidelines to plan your exercise

REALFEEL #

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80-85  =  provide ample water breaks, monitor yourself for signs of heat illness (muscle cramps, nausea, not sweating)
86-90 = provide ample water breaks, monitor yourself for signs of heat illness (muscle cramps, nausea, not sweating).  Consider reducing the amount of time of your workout.  1 hour recovery time for every hour of exercise.  
91-95  = provide ample water breaks, monitor yourself for signs of heat illness (muscle cramps, nausea, not sweating).  Consider reducing the amount of time of your workout.  Consider postponing exercise until the reelfeel is lower. 1 hour recovery time for every hour of exercise.   Wear lightweight clothing.

> 95 =  No exercise outdoors.