Running Is Good, But Careful When Exercising In Summer Heat

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Summer Run and Health

Today a new study from the Stanfod University says that running is good for your health, slows aging and prolongs life. However, this does not mean you can just get out and run in summer heat. One needs to take these procautions when running in summer heat.

Ithaca Journal writes that the best time of day for any strenuous outdoor summer activity is early morning or evening, especially for runners. This helps to avoid the heat of the midday sun while running outside. Wearing sunscreens is a very good thing to remember as it will protect from sun.


"Keeping your body properly hydrated is key. For more intense exercise, sports drinks such as Gatorade are important because they replenish the body’s supply of electrolytes - drinking water is good, but too much can lead to over-hydration and dilute your body’s sodium content."

When you are running outside don't race cars or bicyclists, don't use headsets and don't run with traffic. Try to afoid high traffic streets. Unfortunately many roads in USA are not like in Europe, they are not runner or pedestrian friendly, especially in smaller US towns.

Make yourself visible when running outside so the drivers can see you. If you can wear sunscreens and most importantly take plenty of water with you so your are not dehydrated while running in summer heat.

An ultra-endurance power athlete and renowned fitness trainer Joe Decker also advises to "check the weather forecast before you start your workout. If there's a heat advisory, meaning high ozone and air pollution, you might want to take your workout indoors. These pollutants can damage your lungs."