GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Summer may seem like the best time of year to get outside to exercise, but it can be dangerous if people don’t take the proper precautions in the heat. (by: Amy Lipman – Email)
High desert temperatures and the strong Colorado sun can lead to heat exhaustion.
“That’s life threatening,” said Jim Ettenger, a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym who has done 100 triathlons. “You can become unconscious and die from that in 105 temperatures and above.”
Training for endurance sports like marathons or triathlons and competing in them during the summer can put even very-fit people at risk.
“I’ve gone through that in Ironmans,” Ettenger said. “I had heat exhaustion in an Ironman a long time ago. It’s a process of water intake wasn’t enough that day and I learned about it.”
Drinking 8 oz. of water every 15 minutes from the start of the workout is the key to safe exercise.