Extreme heat is a serious weather condition that can be hazardous to your health. Hundreds of people succumb to heat related illness and deaths annually.
What is Extreme heat and how dangerous is it?
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) “Conditions of extreme heat are defined as summertime temperatures that are substantially hotter and/or more humid than average for location at that time of year. Extremely dry and hot conditions can provoke dust storms and low visibility. Droughts occur when a long period passes without substantial rainfall. A heat wave combined with a drought is a very dangerous situation”.
During extreme heat weather conditions outdoor activities should be very limited. Here are a few options and activities to stay Fit indoors:
Walking the Mall
Your local area Mall will usually open its doors an hour or two earlier than the merchants. During this time there are limited people inside and you can do a brisk walk around the Mall. You can go up and down the stairs etc…
If you have a Gym membership you can go and participate in the variety of group exercise workouts they offer. Choose a class you have never participated in such as Spinning or Aqua Fitness.
At Home Workouts
There are a lot of workout options right in your own home. If you own a treadmill and or elliptical machine you can get in a really good cardio workout. There are some workout at home DVD’s that are very popular such as Beachbody‘s P90X or Turbo Fire. www.beachbodycoach.com/yolee Video game Fitness has also become a new trend. With the creation of the Wii and Kinect gaming systems there has been a lot people coming off the couch.
A new fitness alternative called AiRobics is a local favorite. AIRHEADS Trampoline Arena located off of West Linebaugh Ave in Tampa offers this fun new way to exercise. They claim this low impact high intensity workout can cause you to burn up to 1000 calories an hour. www.airheadsusa.com
Remember to use common sense in extreme heat weather conditions. If you must be out and about be mindful of these tips:
Go out in the morning or evening hours
Stay Hydrated with a balance of water and drinks that include vitamins, minerals and electrolytes
Use Sunscreen SPF 15 or higher
Eat light, avoid heavy meals
Dress in light cool cotton clothing
Dress infants in cool clothing and cover their heads with a hat and do not leave them in a parked car