Athletic trainer advises tweaking outdoor routines in extreme heat
WTMJ News Team
Keller Russell reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE- We're finding out how dangerous the extreme heat can be.
Since July 1 there have been eight heat-related deaths in Wisconsin. The Journal Sentinel reports that as many as 22 deaths in Wisconsin could be heat-related.
The good news is that two of Milwaukee's largest hospitals -- Columbia St. Mary's and Froedtert saw no heat-related ER trips Monday.
But TODAY'S TMJ4 did find people changing their plans just to be safe.
Ginny Norum and her friend Amanda Scott typically clock four to five miles in their after work, workout. "We are all year round, outside, walker people," said Norum.
But as southeast Wisconsin settles into another heat advisory, they're trimming back.
Joe Hoff, head athletic trainer with Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Medicine, said we should all tweak our outdoor routines to fit the temps. "Today we're like taking it a lot slower and probably not going to do quite as long," said Hoff.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Keller Russell: "Do you find that people don't know their limits when its this hot?"
Joe Hoff: "Yes, and that's the big key."
One of the dangers of working outside in extreme heat is dehydration. It can sneak up on you quickly -- and it's serious.
Joe Hoff told TODAY'S TMJ4 one trick is to weigh yourself both before and after you're out working in the heat; if you lose more than 3 percent of your body weight, you're at risk of heat exhaustion.
"Once you're thirsty you've already lost one to two percent of your body weight...and at that case you're already decreasing some physiological functions," said Joe Hoff.
Can tell you just from being out on the trail today -- water was everyone's best friend. It seemed like everywhere we looked people were armed with it.
Of course doing your gardening, or work outs in the morning and evening are your best bet too.