Health - Wellness
When Is The Temperature Too Hot To Workout Outside?
Summer usually means more time spent outside, and many people enjoy taking their exercise routine outdoors for a change of pace. While change is good, it's essential to be aware of the temperature before you head outside and start working up a sweat, due to the risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Heather Milton, board-certified clinical exercise physiologist, says that your workout can get into dangerous territory when outside temperatures rise above 91.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Another factor to consider is relative humidity, which makes one's body temperature rise; when the heat index reaches 90 degrees, it is better to stay inside.
When exercising outside, drink 16 to 20 ounces of water about an hour before a workout, and four ounces of water every 15 minutes during your session. If you do develop symptoms of heat exhaustion, get out of the heat immediately, drink fluids (especially ones with electrolytes), remove excess clothing, and take a cool (not cold) bath or shower.