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Exercising Safely in the Summer Heat and Humidity

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Exercise and Fitness in Summer

"Hot weather is no excuse." That's what Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Romeo Cabas of Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center says.

"Even though the extreme heat and humidity this summer can make exercising more difficult," he explains, "my recommendation is to strive for 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic activity most days of the week to maintain or improve current fitness levels."

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Exercising safely requires taking steps to prepare for the heat, according to Cabas. "It's possible to prevent common issues associated with the heat by taking precautions such as drinking water before, during and after a workout and by exercising indoors when possible."

Downers Grove resident Mike Osika, a project engineer, says he prefers working out indoors no matter what the weather is outside. "I exercise to relieve stress," he explains. "I like to work out 6 days a week. It's easier to get an intense workout in air conditioned comfort."

Cabas agrees that air quality is a factor. "In high heat and humidity conditions, for example, perspiration does not evaporate efficiently and it's harder to regulate body temperature," he explains. "To compensate, you may have to 'go easier'