Hot-weather workouts; HOWARD AT PLAY


Tips to care for your body while working out in the summer heat:

Drink water before, during and after your game, practice or workout. In fact, 8 ounces of water every 15 minutes is recommended.

Water or sports drinks? Water is cheaper and best for most people. Mineral-laced sports drinks are OK for adults into extreme exercise, but some contain more salt, sugar and calories than children need.

Avoid germs. Use disposable cups or your own, personal water container. Insulated quart- and half-gallon containers that are durable are plentiful -- and cheap -- at most discount and sporting goods stores.

Play outdoors early or late, avoiding the sun's full strength, especially if the humidity is kigh. If that memos 6 a.m. or 7 a.m., go for it. Workouts in mid-day heat and sunlight aren't as effective, plus overheated tissues increase your chance of injury.

SOURCE: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

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