Watch: Working Out in Triple Digit Temperatures

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) — The Midlands’ triple digit temperatures can make exercising more dangerous, but the summer sun doesn’t dull the desire to get in a good workout.

Susan Yeargin, an assistant professor in USC’s department of exercise science says ignoring the summer’s extreme heat can have deadly consequences

She tells ABC Columbia, “Heat stroke is the most dangerous, there’s heat exhaustion and then there’s heat cramps.”

Yeargin explains that preventing these scenarios is a matter making simple modifications like tweaking routine times,”Ideally it should be before 9 or after 7. At a bare minimum nothing in between 10 and 6.”

According to Yearinger the average person loses between 30 to 40 ounces of sweat an hour outdoors. So, watching what you eat and drink is critical.

“You lose a lot of salt through your sweat so people need to make sure that they’re replacing it. People should be salting their food and they should be eating pretzels and potatoe chips and other things that have that high salt content if they are exercisers who are in the heat.”

Yeargin says drinking eight glasses of water a day is a myth that you can throw out. The best way to judge is by knowing your own body.

“Drink before during and after exercise a person should make sure their pee is a light yellow. If it’s a bright yellow or even a brown like an apple juice that means your’re dehydrate and need to be drinking some other things.”

Light clothing and colors can also help keep cool but the most important advice is knowing when to call it quits.

“Somebody is confused on where they are or they can’t make eye contact with you, they can’t answer your questions and they look red and hot and flushed and sweaty. That’s when you want to call 911,” says Yeargin.

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