Fitness experts: Running with sweats in the heat causes severe dehydration

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Exercise is a key part to a healthy lifestyle, but there are some workouts that may push you a little too far.

It doesn’t require a lot of equipment or a gym membership. Running is one of the easiest ways to get or stay in shape. Temperatures have been high this summer so why would someone run outside in a sweat shirt? Fitness experts say it is a common way for people to drop a few pounds quickly, but it’s also extremely dangerous. 

“You sweat to try to cool your body down,” explained Kinetix Head Trainer Caleb Wilds.

Motivational phrases are used to push people past their limits, but it’s possible to go too far, especially in the summer heat.

“90 degrees and if you have on a sweatsuit, that can become dangerous really, really quick,” said Lisa Seneker, the Group Fitness Director at the Wellness Center, Navicent Health.

Jackets are okay during the fall and winter.

“Dressing for 20 degrees warmer that it is, is a good guideline. So, let’s say it’s 60 degrees and you start to run, dress as if it’s going to be 80,” explained Seneker.

But as the temperatures rise, some runners keep their sweat shirts on.

“I have seen people doing this and what they’re losing is water weight. They’re not actually losing any body fat,” explained Wilds.

Fitness experts say running with a sweatshirt on isn’t the most effective way t lose weight, it’s just a quick fix.

“The weight will come back on as soon as you start to drink again,” said Wilds.

A difference on the scale is the ultimate goal.

“A lot of fighters do it. Even college athletics when they have to weigh in, there’s times where they have to meet a certain criteria or they won’t pay,” explained Wilds.

Seneker explained people will usually step on the scale, throw on a sweat suit, go for a run, and see a major decrease when they step back on the scale. 

“They see a 5 or 10 pound loss. That’s tremendous, but it’s also very dangerous,” said Seneker.

When you do this, you’re losing a lot of water and your body is quickly becoming dehydrated. If you take your body weight and divide it by two, that’s how many ounces of water you need daily. 

“So if you’re exercising outside or you’re running a race, this is the water you in addition,” said Seneker.

To make sure the pounds stay off, fitness instructors recommend a healthy diet and exercise.

“One of the best ways to actually lose weight is strength training, circuit training, and interval training,” said Wilds.

Because the weight you lose while purposely dehydrating your body is only temporary. Two symptoms of heat exhaustion are loss of energy and if you stop sweating. If you experience these at anytime, you should call a doctor.

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