Local runners give safety tips for the intense heat

Published: Jun. 8, 2021 at 6:08 PM CDT
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - From flooding to severe temperatures with triple digits, motivation to head outdoors to do any kind of exercise can be quite difficult.

The intense heat is here and waiting for that summer breeze might take too long.

So many people want to be active and spend time out in the sun, and there are ways to make it easier to stay cool.

“I’m not sure if its just me or everybody’s feeling the same, but it’s pretty ridiculously hot, man.”

Avid runner Christopher Cisneros is just one of many athletes that doesn’t mind training in the heat. Something that can be difficult for most but it’s a reality that many are familiar with.

“It’s a really nice park so everyone just comes out, I think we’re just used to it as Laredoans.”

Despite weather in the hundreds, it’s been pretty busy at North Cental Park.

Not everyone can make time to take their early morning stroll, but even if the heat keeps turning up they do what they can to manage.

“Some comfortable shoes, sun screen, I didn’t bring a hat today but maybe a cap and stretching,” said Joey Ramirez.

Sometimes the sizzling sun even becomes their own motivation.

“Being in this heat it makes you break a sweat, so it’s kind of pretty good for you.”

Although the heat is bearable, it can’t be handled empty handed.

“With water you should be good to go,” said Cisneros. “You could be good to go as long as you have water nothing can stop you.”

Runners can’t stress it enough: stay hydrated.

“Of course, we need the water, I even think there should be some signs to alert people of how hot it could get. Yeah, we need water.”

Don’t leave your home without being prepared with the essentials, and also make sure to wear light clothing or even use an umbrella.

Avoid eating heavy meals and get enough rest at night.

If you are planning on running outdoors soon, it’s important to note that symptoms of heatstroke are muscle cramps, fatigue, headache, dizziness and fainting.

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