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How hot is too hot for outdoor exercise?

Buffalo is experiencing record high temps
Posted at 11:33 PM, Jul 09, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Record heat is not stopping many Western New Yorkers from getting in a daily dose of exercise, whether it's running, biking, or exercising in a park while gyms remain closed.

Dr. Raul Vazquez with Urban Family Practice said it can get too hot for certain levels of exercise during weeks like this, where temperatures have been in the 90s for days.

“You can develop heat exhaustion at 104 and above, and a heat stroke so you know your margin's a little bit tight so I wouldn’t be a warrior during these times," he said.

Some of his recommendations are:

  • Don't try new workouts
  • Run early in the morning or late in the evening
  • Be aware of any medications you use that could dehydrate you (i.e. antihistamines)
  • Stay hydrated

As uncomfortable as sweating might be, Dr. Vazquez said its a good thing.

“If you’re not hydrated enough, you’re not sweating, and your body can retain all this heat," he said.

The record heat was not stopping bikers on Elmwood Avenue Thursday. Alex Davies, Owner of Campus Wheel Works, said proper clothing can make a big difference in hot weather.

“Something that’s going to wick moisture away from your skin, pull it to the outside of your clothing, and allow it to dry in the wind," he said. "So a combination of having the right nutrition, the right hydration, and the right clothing and you can ride anytime you want to ride.”

Dr. Vazquez recommends home workout apps as an indoor alternative for those struggling with the heat.