SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - With our continuing heat wave, sometimes staying inside is easier said than done. Especially for people who like to exercise outdoors.
For those of you who love exercising outside, a heat wave can really interrupt your workout plans.
It may look tempting, but exercising during the hottest part of the day can be dangerous and even deadly.
Exercising in these hot temperatures and high humidity puts extreme stress on your body.
That stress can turn into heat rash, heat stroke and even death. Many people are avoiding the danger.
"I've just been laying low, just sitting down drinking water and sitting on the porch really, I don't' want to go out into the sun because it's too hot," said John Castro from Springfield.
Yet 22News still found some people running through Forest Park in the middle of the day on Wednesday.
Exercising in a mini heat wave can be tough enough on your body, but when you get an extended heat wave the negative effects on your body can be worse.
Dr. Matthew Sadof at Baystate Medical Center has seen a recent increase in fatigue and dizziness cases due to the extended heat.
"With each passing day your body doesn't completely recharge at the end of the day in the middle of a heat wave so with each day your body becomes less and less able to deal with the intense heat," said Dr. Sadof.
Dr. Sadof told 22News that exercising in the heat is so risky, that it's better for your health to avoid exercise completely rather than doing strenuous activity on these toasty afternoons.
If you have to exercise outside, early morning or later in the evening is best, because it's cooler and don't forget to hydrate.