heat waveWith a record heatwave scorching the Southwest United States, we’re reminded of how it can be difficult to maintain fitness commitments in extreme weather. Finding ways to keep moving in excessive heat can be challenging. As temperatures in the southwestern are reaching 100 degrees and above, even brief walks outdoors can be too much (120 degrees! Yikes!).

When your city is under a heat advisory, remember to drink plenty of water. If the temperatures are above 100 degrees, drink four cups of water per hour. If you stop sweating get to a shady place or indoors as quickly as possible as this is a sign of heat exhaustion. Here are more tips from the Red Cross for staying safe in extreme weather.

Walking early in the morning, or during the cooler evening, swimming (which packs a whopping 174 steps per minute even at a leisurely pace), or finding a cool place to walk such as an indoor mall, are great ways to stay active even in extreme weather.

How do you cope with the heat? Do you find your activity level decreases or do you find creative ways to beat the heat?

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    Aimee says:

    A few coworkers and I have started working out together over the lunch period. It’s been too hot to walk outside, but an empty room in the basement of our office has made for a great place to beat the heat and still get our hearts racing.

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    Sara Santos says:

    Rectangular aerobic stepping blocks is also a good piece of equipment to use inside to beat the heat and still obtain your steps!

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    Aimee says:

    A few coworkers also have stationary peddle bikes they set up under their desks. During the work day (year round) they peddle their hearts out, getting steps in and keeping their legs trim.

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    Donna says:

    The arena in our town allows us to walk indoors everyday from 7 AM to 10 PM weather it is raining, too hot or cold out this place is open to the public seven days a week. Doing the buddy system is great this way here we help each other.

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    Olga says:

    Three years ago we moved to Texas from Vancouver, Canada. To beat the summer heat we wake up early morning, walk outside for an hour, and go to a pool in our neighborhood for 45 min swim. Sugar Land office has a gym to use during lunch break and/or on weekend, and it is very convenient for the employees. Our 7pm walk is a pleasure we enjoy every evening, and 13,000 steps achievement is a piece of cake!

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