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Safe temps for a workout...

08/27/2007

Question:

I was wondering at what room temp. it can become unsafe for me to do taebo----I have been taking the class 3 x`s a week for several years and feel v fit. However the building where I take the class is v v hot in the summer...tonight it was 96 degrees in there!! We do take many h2o breaks throughout class, but I worry about the room temp. Tonight I came home and was nausiated. I laid down for what I thought was a a few minutes only to find that I had fallen asleep for 2 hours. Just concerned about myself and fellow work-out pals

Answer:

The National Strength and Conditioning Association recommends that a facility's temperature range between 72 degrees and 78 degrees.

The National Weather Service uses these categories:  

At the "Caution" level, fatigue is possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity.  At the "Extreme Caution" level, sunstroke, muscle cramps, and/or heat exhaustion are possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity.  At the "Danger" level, sunstroke, muscle cramps, and/or heat exhaustion is likely.  Heat stroke is possible with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity.  At the "Extreme Danger" level, heat stroke or sunstroke are likely.

Sounds like you may have experienced heat exhaustion.

Hope this helps and stay safe.

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Response by:

Jayme   Johnson, MS Jayme Johnson, MS
Program Manager
Fitness Center at CARE\Crawley
University of Cincinnati