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Moving in the heat (with urine and hair tips)

June 20, 2008 |  3:00 pm

Dunes500

Yeah, yeah, it's hot enough for me. It's hot enough for you. It's hot enough for us all. But some people feel compelled to keep exercising nonetheless.

So if anyone needs to be told to avoid running or other aerobic activity outdoors in the hottest part of the day and to stay well-hydrated, we're here for you. Avoid running or other aerobic activity in the hottest part of the day and stay well-hydrated.

For more such basics, go to the Mayo Clinic, which -- perhaps more important -- includes links to first-aid basics for heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Then check out this listen-to-your-body advice from U.S. News & World Report. It's both practical and relevant to exercisers who don't want to stay indoors. And, adds writer Katherine Hobson, the good news is that over time you'll get used to the heat. 

To learn how to use urine as a diagnostic tool in assessing your body's ability to cope with heat and exercise, go to the Body Shop  at revolutionhealth. Blogger Carol Torgan also includes a link to a recipe for making your own re-hydration drink. It's a cool concept, but I think that funky lemon-lime flavor is gonna be hard to beat.

And, as a bonus, here's what totalhair says about exercising outdoors if you have long hair. Roll your eyes if you must, but this is useful. I would point out that it's pegged to pop star Fergie's care for her tresses, but that would be pandering to the one or two celebrity-obsessed readers in the blogosphere.

-- Tami Dennis

Photo: Los Angeles Times

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