Experts suggest taking your workout inside during extreme heat

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DENVER — The near triple digit heat we have been experiencing in Colorado can make exercising outside dangerous.

Health experts say high temperatures can bring on exhaustion and dehydration. They note that a little air conditioning is a safer bet this time of year.

Taking your workout inside also cuts your chances of skin cancer, because you’re protected from the sun’s harmful rays.

Melissa Levy, who is a trainer at Denver’s Push Fitness and Physical Therapy, says hitting the treadmill isn’t quite the same as exercising outdoors, but you can make adjustments to fine tune your workout.

She says there’s a formula that compensates for the natural inclines you experience when running, jogging or walking outdoors.

“You’re working at 100 percent and giving it your all, then back off, maybe jog for about one minute and repeat doing that for about 30 minutes,” Levy said.

It’s also important to keep up your healthy eating habits, including plenty of fruits and vegetables, and drinking lots of water.

When you do exercise outside, even during cooler hours, make sure to wear plenty of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

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