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July 7, 2011

Hot and Humid Weather -- How to Condition Yourself for Summer Workouts


galloway.jpgPeople we know and love are training to run 5K's in this brutal summer heat and humidity. The attendant symptoms of cramping, light-headedness, heat exhaustion and even worse are preventable. It's prudent to slowly acclimate to warm-weather exercise by learning how much one sweats, hydrating prior, wearing loose-fitting, suitable clothing and not over-extending.

Galloway's 5k and 10k Running offers an easy and time-efficient system to train for, and complete a 5K or 10K race. This practical book is chock-full of expert advice, hints, and tips from a former Olympian who has been injury-free for over 25 years.

How to tell how much you are sweating? Pamela Reinsel Cotter: Condition your body for hot conditions | offers a couple of ideas:

According to the professor [Dr. Brendon McDermott, assistant professor, Clinical Coordinator for the Graduate Athletic Training Program and co-director of the Applied Physiology Laboratory at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga], everyone should determine their own sweat rate.

"Sweat rate is very simple to calculate," he says. Weigh yourself before exercise, with as little clothing as possible; exercise for a half an hour and don't drink or use the bathroom for that half hour; weigh yourself again, wearing the same amount of clothing to see how much you've lost," McDermott said.

But if you want quicker results, he says, "You can monitor your urine color. It should have a light yellow tinge to it. Lemonade is much better than apple juice. And if you're delving into the iced tea realm, it's time to drink. It's normal to have darker urine in the morning," McDermott said. "As for voiding frequency, some people are camels, other people urinate frequently."

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