Q) Should I run in hot weather?
A) If you love to run and are committed to staying fit, we applaud your efforts. However, in the heat of summer, dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are dangerous conditions that can occur quickly. Running in hot weather is possible, but it is important you take the right precautions to stay cool and safe.
If you can, plan to run during the cooler times of the day, such as early morning and later in the evening. Wear light, loose clothing that wicks moisture and keeps you cool and comfortable. Don’t forget sunscreen and wear a visor to shield your face from the sun. If running in the heat is new to you, acclimate yourself slowly so your body has time to adjust.
If you will be running for any longer length of time, wear a water bottle belt and ensure that you are taking in at least 8 ounces of water every one to two hours. You will sweat more in the heat and lose more electrolytes, so be sure to also replenish those with a drink such as Gatorade.
If you have any concerns or foot pain while you run, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Tejas Pandya for further information or treatment. Call our Troy, NY, office at (518) 273-0053.