It’s Fitness Friday, “Chic” Heat!

Hello WHUR Family,

How are you doing? Me? ABSOLUTLY FABULOUS. How to Stay Cool During Your Summer Workout. Let’s get it in … You’ve been exercising regularly, but now it’s summer time — it’s hot and humid. Sometimes dangerously hot, causing you to ask yourself is it too hot to go work out.


This is not the time for a little summer – break from your fitness program. “It’s important to continue exercising over the summer. It takes only three days of non – activity for your body to begin the muscle atrophy process – of the positive effects from your exercise training program once you stop. It’s — use it or lose it.” And many of the key benefits are lost in four to six weeks of inactivity.”

So here’s what you can do to beat the heat!

  1. And keep it from melting your workout – you can’t just ignore the heat because you could wind up with heat stress, heat stroke or other problems.
  2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Maintain salt-water balance by drinking plenty of fluids (preferably water) before, during and after physical activity.  
  3. Exercise smarter, not harder. Work out during the cooler parts of the day, preferably early in the morning or early in the evening. Decrease exercise intensity and duration at high temperatures or relative humidity.  
  4. Ease in to summer. Allow your body to adapt partially to heat through repeated gradual daily exposures. “An increase in the body’s circulatory and cooling efficiency, called acclimatization, generally occurs in only four to 14 days.
  5. Dress the part. Wear minimal amounts of clothing to facilitate cooling by evaporation. “Remember, it’s not sweating that cools the body; rather, the evaporation of sweat into the atmosphere.
  6. Team up.  If you can, exercise with a friend or family member. It’s safer, and could be more fun.

Know what’s up

Because vigorous exercise in hot and humid conditions can lead to heat stress, heat stroke and related complications, you should know the signs of danger to keep an eye out for.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion:

  • Headaches
  • Heavy sweating
  • Cold, moist skin, chills
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fast, shallow breathing
  • Nausea, vomiting or both

Symptoms of heat stroke:

  • Warm, dry or moist skin
  • Strong and rapid pulse
  • Confusion and/or unconsciousness
  • High body temperature (above 103oF)
  • Throbbing headaches
  • Nausea, vomiting or both
  • Take steps to cool down and get medical attention immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.

My “Fitness Friday” Groove

Artist: Chic (Sylver Logan Sharp)
Song: I want your love

Other artist to cool your soul

Phil French –

Ronnette Harrison –!



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There’s more to Darryl Haley than just an ex-pro football player. Much more. After his playing days with the New England Patriots, Darryl successfully ventured into areas such as the Ironman Triathlon, personal training, bed and breakfast ownership and of course, radio. He can be heard on WHUR giving Daily Fitness Tips that help listeners take better care of themselves with valuable nutrition and wellness information. When he’s not on the air or at the Darryl Haley Bed and Breakfast in Luray, VA, he can be found pursuing his other passions, motorcycles and bass fishing.

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