Jeff Galloway Offers Advice for Exercising in the Heat

Former Olympian Jeff  Galloway offers advice for exercising in the heat in his lastest news-email. When you sign up for Team Decatur to compete in the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk you will receive information from Jeff along with other health and fitness information.

“Do you find yourself saying “It’s too hot to exercise” a little too often? Air conditioning and a cold bowl of ice cream are calling your name. As the temperature soars, I know it’s easy to talk yourself out of exercise. But, step away from the freezer.

While you do have to make some adjustments to exercise safely, don’t let hot weather negatively affect your good habits. When your schedule allows, avoid the hottest part of the day and get your outdoor exercise during the cooler morning hours. If you know you’ll be out in the hotter afternoon or evening hours, drink water or a sports drink regularly throughout the day to stay hydrated. Fill and freeze a water bottle to take along with you for a cool refresher during your activities.

No matter how much you hydrate, when the temperature gets into the 80s, 90s or even higher, scale back on your running/walking pace or your overall exertion level to safely exercise outdoors. Experienced exercisers may even notice the effects of heat at a relatively cool 55 degrees! ”

Find recommendations for your pace based on the temperature and more tips and advice to handle summer’s sizzle with Jeff’s  Seasonal Training Tips.

Activities to Help You Stay Young, Fit & Active

Retired and looking to make new friends while keeping fit and active? Decatur Active Living has a variety of activities for you. You may want to join the Keenagers; this social group meets the first Thursday of the month at 10 am. They take trips, learn healthy ways of living and have a lot of fun.
The Decatur Red Hatters meet on the last Tuesday of each month at 11 am. I love seeing them come into the Rec Center adorned in red hats and purple dresses. They always seem to be having a lot of fun and the lunch they have together looks and smells quite yummy.

Ms. Elzey and the Senior Exercise Class

If you have been meaning to get some exercise, you may want to check out the Africancercise Class which meets on Monday and Wednesday from noon until 2 pm. This class will give you a unique body workout that blends breathing techniques, full body stretching, low to medium aerobic  movement and steps originating from traditional African dances. The Decatur Stride Walkers meet in the DRC gym each Tuesday and Thursday from 8 until 10 am for a pleasant walk and stress-free exercise. And of course, we also offer Senior Aerobics on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:15 until 11:30 am.

For more information on Senior Activities, check out page 12 of the Playbook online.