The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning that is in effect until Friday evening for Chicago, the surrounding areas are under a Heat Advisory.
Areas close to Chicago could feel the hottest because of the concrete Urban Heat Island effect.
Afternoon temperatures in the low 90s and heat index values above 100
degrees are expected. The likelihood of heat related illness increases
each day due to the cumulative effects of the heat and humidity.
The heat is particularly dangerous for children, elderly and those with
Never leave children or pets in an enclosed vehicle
even for a short time as it can be deadly.
We checked in with Fox Chicago's Chief Meteorologist Amy Freeze to see exactly what that means for training. "The #1 thing is stay out of the heat in the middle of the day, this is when it is the hottest and the most dangerous. If you want to train in the heat, do it in the early morning or later in the evening, when it is still going to be hot, but not as dangerous."
Amy warms that even if you have been training in the heat and trying to acclimate, the next few days are a different story. "The effect gets worse as the day goes on for an athlete, it's a more cumulative effect, it will eventually take its toll. The human body can only take so much stress, before you start to do damage."
Freeze recently traveled to Da' Bears training camp and spoke to their trainers about the effects of this heat. " They
can lose between 6 and 10 pounds in a workout! They weigh them, make
them drink electrolytes and take in the proper nourishment to keep them
healthy and safe. If they lose too much water weight in a day and
can't gain it back, they don't go on the field."
That's a great point. Hydration means more than water, you need to be taking in electrolytes while you are out exercising.
you are going to run, hit the treadmill. I know the clock is ticking
as we wind our way towards Winter, but staying inside will help keep
you alive. Cubicle Dad and others are already learning the hard way, this is a Facebook posting of his from last night "brutal run. puked twice and broke down near the end. confidence gone." That's the heat and humidity, taking effect.
It should go without saying, but also make sure to keep your running buddies
at home. There's nothing my dog Daisy likes more than an early morning
run, which includes a good poop and a roll in the morning grass,
however this is not the time to be running with your pets. They don't
have wickable clothing and exercise in this heat could kill them.
If you have to get in some cardio, hit the pool or the lake and swim.
The Chicago Triathlon is weeks away and now is a good time to work on
open water swimming. Make sure there is a life guard on hand, it's
light outside and if you can't swim with a friend, let someone know
where you are going.
Freeze says the end of this nonsense is in
sight. There is a cold front heading our way, that could possibly mean
70 degree weather next week. To keep up on all the latest weather,
make sure to watch Fox Chicago News, or click here. The 7 Day forecast is below.