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exersize in the heat

how do y'all deal with needing to exersize when it's hotter than hell? yesterday i spent 9 hours outside in the 114 degree heat for my job, when i got home i'd sweated more than i normally do in 10 gym workouts, and i could't motivate myself to walk up the stairs, much less go to the gym/biking/jogging...
i want to get exersize, but this heat eliminates my motivation to move at all, much less move enough to burn calories! (it also means i've been having ice cream instead of meals... the weather is gonna wreck my whole diet and exersize plan!)
so, advice? how do folx overcome the heat?


Thu. Aug 3, 11:27am

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i exercise with my dvd's in my air-conditioning.

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 11:29 AM

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Richard Simmons...

... or any old-school exercise video is working for me. They're corny, but they get you moving, you can pick any level you want, and you can do them in your nice AC-controlled home. You can also throw in floor exercises.

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 11:31 AM

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remember that caffeine is a diuretic and will contribute to dehydration. also, if you are swimming for exercise in this heat, drink plent of water!!! it is sometimes assumed that swimming will prevent dehydration, but in fact, it does not. your body still sweats in water...i've heard this in the past and i've done some research on it...

stay hydrated and comfortable, whatever you do!

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 11:51 AM

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With 9 hours outside each day in 114 degree temperatures, I would say you've got a unique situation. If I were you, I would concentrate on pampering myself when I got home: making sure to replenish liquids and nutrients lost in sweat (maybe use GatorAde), making sure to have easy healthy cool snacks around (like the pre-cut fruit from the grocery store) and other easy-to-fix healthy foods, maybe taking slightly cooler showers than usual. Maybe it would help for you to concentrate on getting through this in as healthy a way as possible, and not necessarily perfectly. If you are still partially on track, you are still on track.

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 11:54 AM

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The 11:54am poster is totally on target -- while weight loss and exercise happen by making them a priority, there are moments like yesterday when there's a bigger health picture to consider. Chances are you don't have much of an appetite in this weather (lots of people get upset stomachs when it's really hot), so just worry about doing what it takes to keep heat exhaustion and heat stroke at bay. The rest will fall back into place when the mercury gets reasonable again.

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 12:20 PM

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I know what you mean about the heat zapping your energy. I would recomend a cold shower when you get home. Switch your icecream to something low cal but still cold. Drink alot of cold fluids. If you can't work out early before work you may just have to watch what you eat on those days you can't work out.

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 12:21 PM

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LOL... A scoop of light ice cream is about 120 calories. I could TOTALLY get through this heat on 2 scoops for breakfast, 2 for lunch, and 2 for dinner, and that'd be 720 calories in the whole day! With protein, fat, and carbs. Maybe not in a proper balance, but, still, not so bad!

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 3:40 PM

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Be very careful what your eating, limit ice cream but if you do eat ice cream try to stick to Weight Watchers, Skinny Cow, Hi Lite... something like that.

Try to eat good but light. A grilled chicken salad is a perfect meal cause it's not heavy on your stomach it's cool, but also filling and healthy. I also really like BLTs as a good hot day food.

I would definately cool off some, and understand your not going to have a ton of energy. Maybe if you can motivate yourself to do something like Yoga or Pilates just to keep yourself in the rhythm of doing a workout but so that's its not something overly strenuous that will make you break a sweat and really push yourself.

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 3:42 PM

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i am generally a runner so the heat is hard for me, especially because i get way bored on a treadmill. so lately i either swim in the pool, do dvd's or lift weights inside to get my 30 minutes a day.
if i REALLY need to get out and run, i'll go after the sun goes down, take a water bottle with me (maybe partially freeze it beforehand), and take an ice bath when i get back. it is kind of hard to get into at first, but it really gets your body temp down and you feel totally refreshed afterwards.

if all else fails, just buy some skinny cow ice cream, a watermelon, and hunker down & take care of yourself! sounds like you're working pretty hard during the day, so just relax and do some light exercise indoors if you can't take the hot. best of luck to you :)

Thursday, August 03, 2006, 5:55 PM

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OP here, thanks for all the recomdations, I've got the unusual situation of not having either AC or a TV so the dvds in the AC recomendations don't exactly work for me, but the other stuff is good. yeah i love the light ice cream and frozen yogurt, i get the bryers kind that's only 80cals per 1/2 cup. but it has thankfully cooled down so i'm back on track, yay!

Friday, August 04, 2006, 11:54 AM

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