Be careful exercising in this hot weather

As regular readers know, I feel strongly about the great outdoors, savoring the experience of it as well as exercising outdoors. Summer has made its presence known with a vengeance this year and there is a time and a place for everything.

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I have been riding my bike around sunrise lately as a method of avoiding the oppressive heat. I am 78 years old and in excellent shape, but my doctor said that she tells even her 40-year-olds not to push exercise in extreme heat. You can check out my Page – How to deal with extreme heat for lots more examples.

Meanwhile the Go4Life folks offer the following excellent suggestions for heat extremes:

• Walk on the treadmill, ride the stationary bike, or use the rowing machine that’s gathering dust in your bedroom or basement. Or use one at a nearby gym or fitness center.
• Work out with an exercise DVD. You can get a free one from Go4Life.
• Go bowling with friends.
• Join a local mall walking group.
• Walk around an art gallery or museum to catch a new exhibit.
• Check out an exercise class at your neighborhood Y.
• If you like dancing, take a Zumba® or salsa class.
• Try yoga or Tai Chi.
• Go to the gym and work on your strength, balance, and flexibility exercises or set up your own home gym. All you need is a sturdy chair, a towel, and some weights. Soup cans or water bottles will do if you don’t have your own set of weights.
• Go to an indoor pool and swim laps or try water aerobics
• How about a game of indoor tennis, hockey, basketball, or soccer?
• Go indoor ice skating or roller skating.
• Maybe it’s time for some heavy duty cleaning. Vacuum, mop, sweep. Dust those hard-to-reach areas.

Tony

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4 Comments

Filed under cardio exercise, Exercise, exercise benefits, hot weather

4 responses to “Be careful exercising in this hot weather

  1. Most excellent advice Tony! Thank you! Especially as I contemplate a bike ride in the sunshine. Best to wait until tomorrow. A good snooze is healthy too! 😊

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  2. Mary

    Hi, Tony, you obviously have never spent time in Scotland in the summer. Hot, hot hot is only a pipe dream. It is where we get the name hardy Scots ( I think ). We are a cheerful nation though even if we have the reputation of being dour. On the upset side it is never as cold as Canada can get in the winter.
    Regards Mary

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    • Thanks for sharing, Mary. Although I lived in London a year on a posting from Reuters, I didn’t make it up to your country. I hope you don’t feel you have to test your hardiness. I always think discretion is the better part of valor. Have a great day!

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