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Exercising in the Heat

9 ways to keep your summer workouts safe.

Summer Exercise Tip No. 9: Use Common Sense

Don’t choose a hot summer day to try your hand at rock climbing or in-line skating for the first time.

"You shouldn’t start doing something brand new if it’s really hot," says Roberts, "even if it’s just for a half an hour."

When you don’t know what to expect or how your body will take to the activity, it’s best to save it for a cooler, more forgiving day, he says.

"The biggest thing with heat and exercise," says Branch, "is common sense. If you’re feeling bad, you need to get inside, get your core temperature down. Even if you are in an event, it’s just not worth it. You want to live to run another day."

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Reviewed on June 25, 2008

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