Outdoor sports in this heat: what's left?
Germany has been hit by an extreme heat wave for days. Many people try to move as little as possible in the sweaty temperatures. But some do not want to do without sports even at well over 30 degrees. A health professional explains what amateur athletes should pay attention to when it is hot.
It doesn't get cooler
Germany has had the extreme heat wave under control for days. And it's supposed to get even hotter. In some places, the 40-degree mark may be cracked. In order to get fit through the heat, in addition to drinking a lot, it is advised not to exert yourself too much physically. But some people don't want to do without their training sessions even in the heat. Hobby athletes should pay attention to a few things, explains a health expert.
Better to do without outdoor sports at the moment
The tropical temperatures are currently bringing up numerous experts who explain what should be observed to avoid health risks.
The head of the Institute for Sports Medicine at the UKM (University Hospital Münster), Univ.-Prof. Stefan-Martin Brand, has some recommendations.
In a press release from the UKM, he advises amateur athletes to avoid outdoor sports in the current sweaty heat.
At least, however, people who cannot let go, for example, should follow certain rules to avoid overheating or heat stroke.
What amateur athletes should watch out for in the heat
When asked if it was a good idea to do sports at temperatures well over thirty degrees, Prof. Brand explained: “For inexperienced people and people who are not very, very fit, I would currently like to run outdoors, for example not recommend at all. "
In his opinion, this should otherwise "only do people who are really fit and who know what they are getting into if you pull it through at 36 degrees."
According to the expert, the body usually needs around 14 days to adapt to such outside temperatures.
So if it doesn't have to be, running should be postponed to next week.
If you still want to exercise, it is best to choose an environment without sun exposure, for example in a park or on a promenade with a thick canopy of leaves.
The University Clinic of Jena (UKJ) has another tip on its website: You should be active in the cooler hours of the morning or late in the evening in order to reduce the heat load on the body.
"And what's very important. Drink enough beforehand. At over thirty degrees, drinking is extremely important! ”Said Prof. Brand.
Always stop in case of sudden pain
But when does it become dangerous for the exerciser?
According to Prof. Brand, there are unfortunately amateur athletes who like to overlook the signs of their bodies and go beyond certain points because they want to keep their personal performance.
"They ignore the pain in their knees or take pain relievers before exercising so that they can walk a certain distance," said the expert.
"Basically, you should know that if you suddenly experience pain or you become thirsty, you should always stop," warned the doctor. (ad)
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